Skip to comments.Hiker Bitten by Rattlesnake in Ramona
Posted on 06/12/2014 1:18:35 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A hiker was bitten by a snake outside Ramona on Wednesday morning. Watch our report June 11, 2014. Hiker suffers snake bite near Ramona
A woman hiking at Black Canyon Falls was bitten by a rattlesnake on Wednesday morning.
Fire officials said the 24-year-old woman was hiking near the 2130 block of Black Canyon Road in Ramona when she was bitten on the foot just before noon.
Witnesses said the woman had been surprised by a rattlesnake tucked in behind a rock. They said the woman was fortunate the incident happened in a spot with good cell service, as she was able to quickly call 911.
A Mercy Air helicopter arrived 30 minutes later and took the hiker to Pomerado Hospital.
It wasnt immediately known the severity of the snake bite.\
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
What a shock. A wild rattlesnake left on a trail in Southern California. Don’t they have people to take care of those things?
The fangs can penetrate hiking boots?
And in reality, there are very few states that don't have rattlesnakes. My own area, the hill country of western Wisconsin, is or used to be one of the best (or worst) rattlesnake areas in the country. But despite hiking the bluffs of the area a lot when I was younger, I never saw one rattlesnake. I only once came across a dead one while hiking in a state park when I was older.
But one time on a nature hike with a nationally known snake expert, the expert walked up to a boulder on a hillside, stuck his snake under the rock, and pulled out two rattlesnakes. Then I knew that all the time I was hiking those bluffs as a child, the snakes were hiding under the boulders.
Man, that is a nasty visual........
Woman bites snake is a story.
I guess that was about a $10,000 hike. I hope she has good insurance!
Ha, ha, thanks for the catch. I meant to say snake stick. Yes, sticking your snake under a rock can lead to nasty surprises.
Okay, but how is the snake?
I remember the crazy Crocodile Hunter was in San Diego to hunt down 10 of the most dangerous snakes. This is a guy that has screwed around with spitting cobras, mambas, the Australian brown snake..... and he left the hiking trail when he came onto a young western diamondback. Said those young rattlers could not be trusted as they will bite without the usual “tell” and empty their venom sacs.
First time I ever heard even a smidgen of fearful respect in his voice, bless his soul.
What I want to know is how Ramona managed to put the snake up her you-know-what.
“He says you’re gonna die”
That’s the punch line anyway.
Ever watch Austin Stevens? S. African snake man tours the world hunting dangerous snakes and other animals.
Saw him on an outcropping come across a large Western Diamondback. He was shaken.
Great programs, in reruns.
Based on her age I bet she was wearing hiking sandals, Five Fingers, running/tennis shoes, or maybe even Crocs.
My brother and I used to kill rattlesnakes with machetes back in the ‘60s when we were teenagers. Killed and skinned quite a few and once even ate one (tastes like chicken :)).
On one occasion back then I was out hunting rabbits with my Remington Nylon 66. It was a cold drizzly day with heavy overcast and as I was stalking a likely bush I stepped on a coiled rattler. I could feel the spongy feeling under my boot and stepped back and shot it in the head. Just then a rabbit broke from the bush and I pulled the trigger again hitting the rabbit in the neck. A rattlesnake and rabbit, all in one moment.
Lucky for me it was cold and the snake was sluggish or it would have gotten me for sure.
We hunted in South Texas for years and saw/killed a lot of rattlesnakes. I shot one with my deer rifle and it blew the snake up in the air. I have killed lots of snakes but that was my only rattler. I hate snakes!
4 years from now, her Obamaphone won’t work (no coverage) and her Obama care won’t either.
Not many people can say they’ve been hit by a rattler and even fewer can say they’ve been hit 4 times. My first bite was a big rattler hit me right behind the left knee, second was in the right shoulder, third was in the right butt cheeck and the fourth was my left index finger. No helicopters or ambulances just drove to the ER. I’ll kill around 75 rattlers here on the ranch before it starts getting cold and they den up. That seems to be the yearly average.
The episode where his camera ‘Base jumped’ out of the way?
That was mental.
Since you are so experienced with rattlers I'll ask you if you have ever seen what I saw. I was walking back to the camp from the tree where I had been sitting waiting for a big buck (he never came).
I startled the snake who was heading down the trail toward me. He jumped up in the air and started wiggling while he danced around on his tail. He was not a huge snake only about 3 to 4 feet long.
One of the famous western artist (can't think of his name right now) did a painting of Indians and rattlesnakes and the snakes were doing what I saw the snake do. Have you ever seen this snake action?
I used to work with a guy who was from west Texas and had been bitten by one when he was younger. He said he got used to them where he lived. I don’t know if I could get used to the critters. I am a little careful when traveling through west Texas and stopping at their rest stops with signs that say “beware of rattlesnakes.” Yes sir, I will be aware.
Stepping on a coiled rattlesnakes is definitely NOT!!! on my bucket list. The dead one I stepped over was scary enough. It was one big boy. Fortunately with flies buzzing around him.
A few years ago I took a painting workshop in Arizona. We painted out in the red rock country and it was beautiful. Our instructor had a big revolver that he carried in his belt, I assumed it was because of guarding his students from illegals.
He said in the class before us a woman had complained that looking a the pistol scared her. (there are those) Just like it was scheduled, in a very short time, a big rattler darted out from under a big rock and he shot it.
The woman didn’t complain about the pistol again. Isn’t that a great story? :)
The painting was by either by Russel or Remington and it appeared to be some kind of an Indian ritual with the snakes doing the same thing that I saw that day.
I wish I had not been alone that day so someone else could have seen it.
I have looked for the painting in my art books but I have never been able to find it again.
I remember a few years back traveling through Arizona with the wife and one of her sisters and bro-in-law from England. We stopped in Tombstone one day and went into a number of the shops. Many of the clerks had six-shooters strapped to their waists. I never asked my English, anti-gun in-laws what they thought about that. They never said anything about it.
Sounds like a Blue Racer
Your describing something I’ve never witnessed. I’ve caught thousands of live rattlers over the years and handled for the Big Spring and Sweetwater Roundup’s. When mating rattlers can extend themselves vertically to about 1/3rd their length, when striking it’s about 1/2 their length.
For our more adventurous freepers here’s a little advice, Should you get hit “Do not cut the wound” and “do not apply a tourniquet”, both can cause un-repairable damage. Get to the hospital ASAP!
When I heard the hissing/rattling it was already up on it's tail about 6 feet in front of me. (I was horrified) It was weaving around and I started shooting my deer rifle from the hip without looking through the sights. I hit it on about the 3rd shot when it had already started moving away from me.
This happened long before I had a cell phone or a camera in my pocket to photograph it. Ask your friends if they have ever witnessed it.
I am still looking for the painting.
How did one get you on the shoulder?
How did one get you on the shoulder?
I was on my belly crawling into a snake den with a large opening, we’d gassed it but they would only come so far to the opening.
That is insane. Your’s must be the size of bowling balls!
OMG! You were doing 2 of the last things that I would EVER do! Crawl into a hole in the ground and meet a rattlesnake face to face. You are one brave dude!
This was a big den with an opening about 10 ft wide and 2 ft tall, we had already caught 71 rattlers and could see a few more that we couldn’t reach. Not as spooky as it sounds I just missed a small one about 4 ft in. At the time we were getting 9.35 a pound for live rattlers. My buddy and I caught over 1100 lbs of live rattlers in a 2 week period.
A couple of years ago, I offed one near my front door that had apparently come down the side of the house....a few minutes later, wifey shrieked that there was another in the backyard, all coiled and rattling like crazy -- I couldn't get the Mutt to him, so called Animal Control.
Anyhow, the guy walked through the front and saw carcass #1 and gave me the usual "rattlesnakes are our friends" speech.....but when we got around back and saw #2, he said "Holy shit - that's a Mojave! If you ever see another, kill it!!" (Mojaves are supposedly 20 times more venemous that Westerns)
If you are snake bit should you put ice on it while you get to the ER?
Keep up the good work and kill those things out, they are disgusting.
How do you know what hospital she was taken to?
I am the mother of the hiker who got bit by the rattlesnake.
It is no laughing matter,but instead very serious.
My daughter has been in tremendous pain since she was bit on Wednesday, June 11, 2014. She was in ICU for 13 days, given 48 vials of anti-venom & had 3 blood transfusions. The venom has caused much nerve damage to her left foot & leg. At this time she is unable to straighten her leg...so she can not stand nor walk. She is now undergoing intense therapy. Very sad indeed.
Prayers and best wishes for your daughter’s full recovery and easing of her pain.
I don’t think it’s a laughing matter. I go hiking a lot, and I see rattle snakes. I am very sorry for your daughter. It sounds like she got it much worse than some others I have heard about. I pray for her recovery. I hope there is good news soon.
There is a hospital mentioned above in the article from NBC San Diego.
Thank you so much! :)
I will let her know.
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