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Man Bitten by Rattlesnake at Del Valle, Airlifted to Hospital

29-year-old man listed in stable condition after receiving antivenom, according to report.

A man swimming at Del Valle Regional Park on Saturday was bitten by a baby rattlesnake and airlifted to a hospital, according to a report by the Contra Costa Times.

The 29-year-old man was listed in stable condition after getting antivenom, according to the report.

Further details in the article by Bay Area News Group Reporter Rick Hurd, who quotes East Bay Regional Parks Police Sgt. Chris Chapman:

The man was boating with his family near Swallow Bay, an area where rattlesnakes are known to swim, Chapman said.

"He apparently saw a small snake in the water and thought it was dead," Chapman said. "He picked it up, and the snake bit him in the thumb."

The fact that it was a baby snake added complications to the rescue, Chapman said, because baby rattlers often expel more venom than their adult counterparts.

"They don't know when to stop biting," Chapman said.

Read the full article on the Contra Costa Times website.

Laura May 14, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Wow! It's good info to know that rattlesnakes swim! I hike at Del Valle and see/walk around rattlers often... Can you find out and give us a quick "What to do if a rattlesnake bites" summary? I always wonder if we should try to finish hiking out to get to help faster, should we stay put and hope our cell phone works, should we actually do a tourniquet, etc. like we see in the movies (although I know that can be dangerous too), etc.? I'll try to look up some info too. Thanks for this info!
Yrngtmr May 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Also, I saw a dog that had been taken to the vet after a rattlesnake bite - she didn't look good, but it was a reminder that rattlesnake vaccines ARE available for dogs to help reduce the severity of the rattlesnake bite and should be given to any dog over 4 months old that might be in an area where snakes frequent (this can even be your own backyard, if you are near fields). But even with the vaccine, if your dog is bitten, they will still need emergency vet care.
Rosemary May 15, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Wait. What? They swim? Oh, dear God. I never knew that. Eek.
Wendy Grant May 15, 2012 at 06:43 AM
I never knew they swim, that's crazy. Another reason to stay in my pool.

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