(Albuquerque)-Daytime temperatures are rising and that means snakes are more likely to be active with warmer weather. That’s part of the warning in Las Cruces where the State Game and Fish Department has put out tips on what to do if you encounter a snake while hiking in open space or in the mountains.
First, stop and visually locate where the snake is … then slowly move away from it. Do not throw rocks or try to intimidate the snake. If you’re hiking or climbing, make a point to clear the area where you plan to place your foot or hand.
If you are bitten by a snake, stay calm and remove any watches or jewelry from your arm. Don’t place a tourniquet, cut the wound or put ice on the bite since those measures have been found to cause more harm than good.