I was just reading about Tom Mangan of Two-Heel Drive’s too-close-for-comfort brush with a rattlesnake. Take his tips to heart. Just today, I was working on a story for a hospital publication about snake bites and spoke to the mom of an 18-month-old who was bitten in September by a “baby rattler.” It took 17 vials of antivenom at $2,000 / vial and much therapy and intensive care in Bay Area emergency rooms and hospitals before he came through all in one piece. Best advice: take precautions and don’t try to kill a snake — that’s when most people get bitten.
Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.