Each year, nearly 8,000 people receive poisonous snake bites in the United States. Even a bite from a so-called "harmless" snake can cause infection or allergic reaction in some people.
The most common rattlesnake in San Diego County is the Southern Pacific, sometimes called the Western Rattlesnake. It may be found near housing developments, parks, and even the beach.
In the event of a snakebite, call for emergency assistance immediately. Responding quickly in this type of emergency is crucial.