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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Snake Season In Joshua Tree National Park

Above, the Cottonwood Campground amphitheater. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

It is now May and that means it's snake season!

The Hi-Desert Star has a new article on avoiding snake bites in Joshua Tree National Park.

It begins with:
MORONGO BASIN — April showers bring May flowers and May temperatures bring out the rattlesnakes. 
Rattlesnakes lay dormant in the winter, but starting around May and ending in October, they come out to enjoy the sun. Joshua Tree National Park is home to seven varieties of rattlesnake: Mojave Desert sidewinder, Colorado Desert sidewinder, speckled, Mojave green, red diamond, Southern Pacific and Western diamondback rattlesnakes. With over 2 million visitors to the park each year, George Land, public information officer for the national park, offered some information on rattlesnake safety.

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