MORE RATTLESNAKES

On-going discussion on the increased presence of rattlesnakes on Lookout Mountain…what to do, and maybe some hints on why they’re here in such numbers.

Got this message from a resident of Paradise Hills, on the city-side
of Lookout Mountain. It would be a good idea to keep your ears open and
your dogs on leash while walking around the neighborhoods. If you’re in the
habit of letting your cats roam, you may want to re-think that practice.

—–Original Message—–
From: John Jarvis [mailto:jarvisjw@comcast.net]
Sent: Saturday, 03 August, 2013 4:21 PM
Subject: Fwd: MORE RATTLESNAKES

Deb Carney just called to ask me to email the neighborhood that a LARGE
rattlesnake (just shy of 5 feet long) was on the front porch of the Zarlengo
residence at 21559 Cabrini Boulevard earlier today. Fortunately, they
noticed the snake before they got close enough for the snake to strike, but
it was coiled and ready until they shot the critter.

I have also heard of other rattlers in the area this year so it appears that
this is the year of the snake up here on LOM. Obviously, we all need to take
precautions and control our dogs and other pets. Dogs are the most
vulnerable, as I understand it, with their noses on the ground most of the
time.

Nancy Lynch says the best place to take an animal is the Wheat Ridge Animal
Hospital, 3695 Kipling Street, 303-425-3325. I checked with St Anthony’s and
they do treat snakebites, so for human treatment, Go to St. Anthony’s
Hospital, 11600 W. 2nd Place (2nd and Union) 720-321-0000. They are a Level
1 trauma center.

Regards,

John

2 thoughts on “MORE RATTLESNAKES”

  1. Another comment from a resident of the Mountain, this time a cautionary tale…

    “From: kellerjb10@aol.com [mailto:kellerjb10@aol.com]
    Sent: Sunday, 04 August, 2013 11:42 AM

    Before dispatching a rattlesnake, make sure it is one. I’m still saddened and disgusted with myself for killing with a shovel a 4-foot bull snake in Mt Vernon a couple months ago. Bull snakes imitate the aggressiveness of rattlesnakes and superficially look like them. They even make a swishing sound that sounds a little like rattling. But they don’t have rattles, and they don’t have the pit viper’s larger head. Bull snakes are good snakes that eat the noxious rodents we are overrun with.”

  2. Received this message today (8/05/2013) from a neighbor over in the Mount Vernon Country Club…

    “Just thought I would let you know that my pony was bitten by a rattlesnake this morning in our corral at MVCC.
    When I showed up to feed she was stretching her neck out and making noises rather like a cow.
    The vet came right away and managed to do an emergency tracheotomy because she was having a great deal of trouble breathing. Her nostrils were swollen and hard to the touch. She is down at Golden Animal Hospital now on heavy duty antibiotics and pain meds.
    Only suggestions I have seen are to construct a snake proof fence around play ares and dog areas, basically a mesh fence with holes no larger than 1/4 inch at least three feet high and one foot underground, to reduce the rodent population around homes and out buildings, and to not let dogs run off leash.
    Janet “

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