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Snake sightings on the rise in southern New Mexico

Updated: 08/24/2014 1:26 PM | Created: 08/24/2014 1:23 PM
By: The Associated Press

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Officials in southeastern New Mexico say sightings of one of the most lethal rattlesnakes appear to be on the rise.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported Saturday that the Eddy County Sheriff's Department says more snakes have been spotted in yards this year, including the Mojave rattler.

The New Mexico Game and Fish Department says the snake is a type of pit viper that has fangs infused with a neurotoxin that is more potent than some other rattlesnakes.

Treatment for a bite from a Mojave rattler requires different anti-venom.

Carlsbad Medical Center says they have already treated five patients for snake bite wounds this year.

Experts say the rattler recently migrated from California and Arizona.


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