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Summer brings warm temps and scaly critters

Summer brings warm temps and scaly critters 

As summertime brings warmer temperatures, more fury and scaly creatures have begun appearing in our yards and parks.

While April and May mark the start of rattlesnake season in San Diego County, recent reports have described increased snake sightings. As the reptiles come out of hibernation, it is not uncommon to spot them locally, though bites are rare. Most sightings are likely to happen between now and October.

“Snakes are most likely venturing out in search of food and to soak up the sun,” said San Marcos Park Ranger Ron Vinluan. “People think they’re going to chase you—that isn’t so. They don’t want anything to do with us.”

If you encounter one of the four varieties of rattlesnakes found in the county, give it space. Calmly back away from it, leave it alone and let it go on its way, Vinluan continued.

To avoid encounters with rattlesnakes, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests these safety steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake:

 

  • Never go barefoot or wear sandals when hiking. Wear sturdy hiking boots with loose-fitting long pants to protect feet and ankles.
  • Stay on paths and trails, avoiding tall grass, weeds and brush where snakes may hide.
  • Keep your dog on leash while hiking and be aware of what your dog is doing at all times.
  • Make sure you can see where you are reaching and that you can see ahead of you. Look for concealed snakes before picking up rocks, sticks or wood.
  • Be careful when stepping over doorsteps as snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.
  • Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.
  • Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. Children are naturally curious and will pick up snakes.

If bitten or you feel a snake or other animal is dangerous, call 911 immediately. For more information about rattlesnakes in California, visit https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/News/Snake.

For more information about San Marcos parks, trails and outdoor adventures, visit www.san-marcos.net/play or contact San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000.

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Discover San Marcos Hikers to Explore San Elijo Hills Area

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The City of San Marcos Community Services will sponsor a Discover San Marcos hike to the San Elijo Hills area on Saturday, June 1. This free, moderately difficult, 4-mile hike will explore the hills and canyons south and west of San Elijo Park, including Sunset, Canyon, Old Creek Ranch, and Copper Creek trails. There will be elevation changes of 300 feet. A more challenging 8-mile hike that visits the connecting trails between San Marcos and Carlsbad will be offered.

Hikers will meet at the parking lot of San Elijo Park Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, near the corner of Elfin Forest Road and San Elijo Road in San Marcos. Registration will begin at 8:30 am; the hike will start at 9 am. An adult must accompany all minors. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended; bring water and trail snacks. Dogs must be on a 6-foot leash.

For information of hikes or the City’s trails, visit www.san-marcos.net or call 744-9000, Ext. 3535.