While you might be trying to get relief from the heat, the warm weather is bringing out more rattlesnakes. San Diego County Animal Services says they have already received more than 660 calls, mostly from homeowners, about rattlesnake sightings. Dan DeSousa with animal services tells KOGO News that if you see a rattlesnake, keep an eye on it, but don't try to kill it.
"Rattlesnakes are actually a very crucial part of the ecosystem and the environment," says DeSousa. "If you get rid of rattlesnakes you are going to get a much larger rodent, rat and mouse population. We want to keep them, but we also want to keep people safe."
Most of the rattlesnake calls are coming from northern communities, including Rancho Penasquitos, Carmel Valley, Tierrasanta and San Carlos.
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