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Rattlesnake sightings

Posted: September 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

A rattlesnake discovered recently in the Valencia Summit area just a stone’s throw from the Westfield Valencia Town Center Mall serves as a reminder the poisonous reptiles can be found anywhere in suburban areas, an official said this week.

Rattlesnakes are common this time of year “because it’s warm all of the summer months and a lot of the eggs are hatching now,” said Chezoma Davis of the county Department of Animal Care and Control.

“In Castaic, Agoura, Lancaster, in any rural area where there’s a lot of brush and shrubbery — that’s basically where they live,” Davis said.

While a more established neighborhood than some parts of the Santa Clarita Valley where snake reports were common last spring, Valencia Summit has undeveloped open space in its center. The natural areas that enhance beauty offer native habitat that native animals will occupy, warning signs in Valencia Summit Park note.

Davis said residents on nature walks should be alert and carry a stick to move brush around. This will frighten off rattlesnakes.

If a rattler is spotted in a yard or open area, she advises residents to try to keep an eye on it but also call Animal Care and Control “because if we don’t know where it is, then we don’t come look for it.”

Animal Care and Control can be reached at 661-257-3191.

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