More on Yosemite Rattlesnakes

In a recent blog, we talked a lot about rttle snakes in Yosemite. Yes, they are there and in decent numbers. If you don’t know what they look like, I saw this guy about 100 yards, south of the Little Spring. Notice the pattern and tyhe triangular head. Not to be confused with the Black Mombo from Africa!

rattle snake at Yosemite

Rattler snmake..kinda on the Big side

Black Mamba

So what do you do if you are bit??

The California Poison Control Center advises:

 1. Stay calm (yeah, right).

 2. Wash the bite area gently with soap and water (we always carry soap).

 3. Remove watches, rings, etc, which may constrict swelling. (Good idea).

 4. Immobilize the affected area (no volley ball today).

 5. Transport safely to the nearest medical facility (duh).

Unrelated thought worth quoting:   “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” –  Sachel Paige

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One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome



About Mr Half Dome - Rick Deutsch

Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. kris keetch says:

    On our half dome hike two years ago my son and I saw a nice big rattlesnake about five feet off the trail in little yosemite valley. It was startling at first but after realizing we were a safe distance away it was fun to watch and take pictures of. The video my son took is a little shakey though. I didn’t realize how nervous he was of it until later when he told me he was shaking.

    • Yup, they are out there….with big sharp teeth, plotting to take over the planet. They can easily spring and hit you their full body length. Threy usdusally rattle before pouncing. Keep your hands out of rocks.

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