Welcome to the Good Trekker, Safe Climber series of educational tutorials at Musa Masala! In the below video, Jules Sylvester of Reptile Rentals shares valuable insight into the three venomous snakes of Southern California. In the 10-minute video, you will get an overview of these snakes, how avoid getting bitten, what to do if you do get bit and a quick view of the treatment plan at the hospital if you wind up there. These treatment protocols are basically the same for all pit viper envenomations in the United States, so this information is standard nationwide. Every bite is unique though, so there will be adjustments to treatment for every bite.

Venomous snakes are all very important members of the ecosystem. They are masters at rodent control and they don’t need or seek out human interference. Our best advice is to wear appropriate shoes and clothing when working or traveling through these snakes’ habitats and respect your surroundings by paying attention. These snakes will do everything they can to stay away from you. Unfortunately, we humans tend to be the ones who cause interactions. And please, never pick up any snake. You may get much more than you bargained for.

Thanks, Jules, for sharing your expertise and wit. Big thanks goes to Vanessa Manlunas who filmed the tutorial, August McLaughlin who did the voiceover and Gabe Harder who was the editor. Jam Jam!!