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Tenants: Rattlesnakes invade Scottsdale apartments ( AZ )
CBS 5 ^ | May 12, 2013 | Allyson Blair

Posted on 05/12/2013 11:42:56 AM PDT by george76

In mid-March, she was bitten by a Mohave rattlesnake just feet from her apartment while trying to save her cat.

"You can feel it grip on. It's like cutting through butter. It grabbed my thumb and went down through the tendon. When it turned around it nicked me on the other side," said Wallace.

The Mohave's venom put Wallace in a coma. She spent a total of nine days in the ICU and had to be readmitted to the hospital three more times. Wallace was left with no feeling in much of her hand.

A few months prior Wallace told CBS 5 her downstairs neighbor was bitten.

"She was getting out of her car and she stepped out and it bit her," said Wallace.

Snakes aren't just slithering around outside. A man who lives in the complex showed CBS 5 a picture of a snake he found behind his son's crib, as well as another photo he snapped Saturday night of a snake on the sidewalk nearly at his front door.

"If they put in the lease that there are scorpions and bedbugs, why are you not saying we have a snake problem

(Excerpt) Read more at kpho.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: arizona; bedbug; bedbugs; mojaverattlesnake; rattlesnakes; scorpions; snakes; venomousanimals

1 posted on 05/12/2013 11:42:56 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

That Mohave rattlesnake is one bad motor scooter. Deadly.


2 posted on 05/12/2013 11:46:28 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: george76

Rattlesnakes, scorpions and bed bugs. Sounds like Washington, D.C.


3 posted on 05/12/2013 11:46:43 AM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: george76

Snake Glue Traps

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Snake Repellant

4 posted on 05/12/2013 11:51:07 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (People are idiots.)
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To: advertising guy

Scorpions, bedbugs and rattlers... some of your pets are loose.


5 posted on 05/12/2013 11:54:44 AM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

This one has both neuro toxin and hemo toxin and will kill a small dog in less than 5 minutes. Happened to someone we knew in Az when we lived in Yuma. These are nothing to mess around with...meaner than junk yard dogs they are.


6 posted on 05/12/2013 11:57:07 AM PDT by celtic gal
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To: celtic gal

Yeah. I saw a show on TV once about these Mohave rattlesnakes. I guess if you are bit, you better hope they have the right anti-venom nearby and can get it into you quickly.


7 posted on 05/12/2013 11:59:08 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is the root cause of violent crime in Mexico. - Barack Hussein Obama Jr.)
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To: george76
McDowell Mountain Ranch is a very nice area, but they call it that because it backs up to the McDowell Mountains. And what lives in the mountains in Arizona? Everything from Gila Monsters to bobcats to rattlesnakes to scorpions to coyotes to vicious cacti that leap out from the side of the trail and attack your sleeves and pant legs.

I'm only sort of kidding about the cacti... :)

But I haven't heard stories of any particularly bad rattlesnake problems in the larger McDowell Mountain Ranch housing development that is closer to the actual mountains, so I'll guess the problem could be roof rats. If the apartment complex isn't cleaning up the citrus fruit that drops, it attracts the rats, which in turn attract hungry snakes coming out of hibernation. If the complex keeps up its maintenance, snake sightings should be very rare.

8 posted on 05/12/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: george76
Can I get me a huntin license?


9 posted on 05/12/2013 12:03:22 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism)
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To: george76

I grew up in Scottsdale ( the poor end of town) and rattlesnakes are not unknown in the area. I still live in the state in a small town surrounded by lower sonoran desert.
I the thirty years I have lived in my home I have seen about four rattlesnakes in the yard. Every one was being played with by the cat. I am convinced the cats bring them in from the wash nearby. Its amazing to watch, as fast as the snakes are, the cat is quicker. It is the biggest reason I keep a cat or two around.

I suspect if she had not tried to “save” her cat, both she and the cat would have been fine.


10 posted on 05/12/2013 12:04:00 PM PDT by lrdg
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To: george76
Don't those people know you have to pay attention?

If you're going to live near wild areas you must train yourself and your kids to be aware, it isn't optional.

11 posted on 05/12/2013 12:06:58 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: george76

Must be a food source for those snakes in that apartment complex too. Mice? Snakes tend to crawl into houses through mouse holes, since they can fit through them and are following the mouse’s scent trail.


12 posted on 05/12/2013 12:07:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

My nephew brought me up an 18” water moccasin the other day, not knowing what it was. He got a lecture.


13 posted on 05/12/2013 12:12:42 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: george76

Well, thanks for taking the suspense out of what my next nightmare will be!


14 posted on 05/12/2013 12:25:00 PM PDT by Forgotten Amendments (I remember when a President having an "enemies list" was a scandal. Now, they have a kill list.)
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To: lrdg

I grew up in Tucson on the edge of town (just inside city limits) and have NEVER seen a rattler anywhere NEAR the house - and our area had significant desert around it.

I think I saw one ONCE in Redington Pass.

Of course, I shot him. Gotta love them .22’s.

It’s the desert, ya know?

Them kinda critters live there. Best thing to do...off them.

And don’t feel bad about it. They’d return the favor.


15 posted on 05/12/2013 12:29:30 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: txhurl

Good LORD!!!!

That could have ended very badly- glad he is safe.


16 posted on 05/12/2013 12:30:51 PM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: All
My wife saw this when she went out to water the potted plants one day...

The rattler took off via a short cut across our pool. He was quite a fast swimmer!

It’s just an Arizona thing - watch where you step...:^)

17 posted on 05/12/2013 12:36:49 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Regulator
I grew up in Tucson on the edge of town (just inside city limits) and have NEVER seen a rattler anywhere NEAR the house - and our area had significant desert around it.

I think I saw one ONCE in Redington Pass.


Regulator,
We live in NW Tucson on a large lot and the pics were taken there. We regularly see rattlers...:^)

18 posted on 05/12/2013 12:39:40 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: lrdg

I live a few miles from this location now. However I am in an established neighborhood that’s been here 25 yrs. No snakes, no scorpions, no nasty anything/ Anyone who lives near the city borders and next to a desert preserve are going to run into these things . I once lived next to the desert and would have scorpions, tarantulas and king snakes on my patio plus a pack rat or two. Would see havelina and coyotes, but no rattlers


19 posted on 05/12/2013 12:39:52 PM PDT by mriguy67
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To: george76
An artist teaching an art workshop in Arizona told us about a previous workshop where a student berated him for carrying a pistol in his belt. She didn't like being close to an evil gun for fear it might go off.

During the class one day a rattlesnake darted out from under a rock and he blew it away. He said the incident changed her opinion of guns, at least for the rest of the week.

21 posted on 05/12/2013 12:47:40 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Las Vegas Ron
I've got the "Public Defender" version w/ the shorter barrel. My is also the ultra light version made of titanium.:

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22 posted on 05/12/2013 12:58:29 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

...and a shorter grip now that I look at it.


23 posted on 05/12/2013 1:04:29 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: mriguy67
I live a few miles from this location now. However I am in an established neighborhood that’s been here 25 yrs. No snakes, no scorpions, no nasty anything/ Anyone who lives near the city borders and next to a desert preserve are going to run into these things . I once lived next to the desert and would have scorpions, tarantulas and king snakes on my patio plus a pack rat or two. Would see havelina and coyotes, but no rattlers.


Sometimes the wildlife nests in the back yard. Two bobcat cubs by the pool equipment. Mum was out hunting.

When the bobcats were around we had no pack rat problems...:^)

24 posted on 05/12/2013 1:26:53 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: gorush

That’s my gun.....that went down in the dingy. Such a loss. ;(


25 posted on 05/12/2013 1:49:43 PM PDT by sheana
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To: george76

That’s nothing - America’s congressional and White House snakes have put everybody in the nation at risk - not to mention the entire history of American democracy and exceptionalism.


26 posted on 05/12/2013 1:52:26 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: az_gila

So that’s where they went to!

They all moved up in life and moved to Oro Valley!!

Shoulda knowed it....snakes and lawyuh’s, all moving to the North side!!


27 posted on 05/12/2013 1:59:31 PM PDT by Regulator
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To: az_gila

Man are they kute!!


28 posted on 05/12/2013 2:01:22 PM PDT by Regulator (Mammals R Us)
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To: az_gila

Oh those are so sweet...love cats, not wild ones especially if mom is around...


29 posted on 05/12/2013 2:06:41 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: Regulator
So that’s where they went to!

They all moved up in life and moved to Oro Valley!!

Shoulda knowed it....snakes and lawyuh’s, all moving to the North side!!


Nah... it's the Raytheon engineers ghetto...:^)

These guys also keep the pack rat population down.

If you have cats, they stay inside cats...:^)


30 posted on 05/12/2013 2:16:00 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: goat granny
They play just like domestic cats...


31 posted on 05/12/2013 2:18:05 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Jeff Chandler

My husband killed a Northern Copperhead today; outside near our garden. Thanks for the repellant suggestions. We’ve seen rattlers in the driveway before; but a first for a copperhead. Our little kitty has been able to pal around with the garden snakes; but she seemed very leery of the one today.


32 posted on 05/12/2013 2:40:57 PM PDT by Twinkie (John 3:16)
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To: az_gila

The only good snake is a dead snake.


33 posted on 05/12/2013 2:50:39 PM PDT by bgill (The problem is...no one is watching the Watch List!)
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To: george76
The bite victim wanted the apartment complex owner to post signs telling people about rattle snakes. Posted where, on the western border? Her accent sounded like classic So Cal Valley. Sounded like she was prepping for a law suit.

Note to fellow recent immigrants: Scorpions sting, black widows, tarantulas, Gila Monsters and rattle snakes all bite and there is vegetation here that is meaner than most people where you come from. Adapt and learn to live with it or move to LA.

34 posted on 05/12/2013 3:01:26 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF (Because 2 terms with Jerry Brown as Governor was all I could take.)
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To: az_gila

Awwwww how adorable. Their having a cat nip.


35 posted on 05/12/2013 3:06:36 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: az_gila

If I saw that on my property I probably would pass out.


36 posted on 05/12/2013 3:07:18 PM PDT by Patriot Babe
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To: george76

Rattlesnakes are quite slow when they strike and a cat has no problem playing with one, which is probably what was really going on.

My cat cornered one and seemed a bit put out when I killed it with a shovel. No need to waste ammo on vermin if you don’t have to.


37 posted on 05/13/2013 7:35:02 AM PDT by buffaloguy
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