COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A viewer reached out to 11 News on Tuesday with an important reminder to the public: Watch out for rattlesnakes!
Timothy Michael shared video, filmed from a safe distance, of two rattlesnakes either fighting or mating near the Pueblo Motorsports Park.
"Be careful everyone," Michael wrote in a post.
Just a day earlier, another Colorado resident captured video of two rattlesnakes mating off Highway 24 near Garrett Road. The viewer explained he was using a selfie stick with the camera that extended several feet from what they felt was a safe distance.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offers up a few tips that could help keep rattlesnakes off your property:
-- Do not landscape with expanses of large rocks, especially in open sunny areas.
-- Mow weeds and vegetation, and remove rocks, boards and debris.
-- Reduce the rodent population on your property to reduce a major food source for snakes.
-- Seal entrances to crawl spaces and basements.
CPW says if you encounter a prairie or massasauga rattlesnake (the only poisonous snakes in Colorado), simply back off. The snake senses your presence by your body heat and movement. In Colorado, rattlesnakes may be legally killed if they pose a threat. All other snakes are classified as nongame wildlife and are protected by law.
A Monument teen was bitten by a rattlesnake back in June. According to the local fire department, she did everything right by calling 911 and staying calm. She's expected to make a full recovery.