Petroglyph National Park reminds public to be wary of rattlesnakes

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Open Space officials are giving a visual reminder to be wary of rattlesnakes. Petroglyph National Monument posted an image on social media Sunday showing a rattlesnake devouring its dinner, a squirrel.

The caption includes a reminder that these snakes are prevalent throughout the west side park, and to keep your distance if you see one. According to the National Park Service website, rattlesnakes rarely attack humans unless they are provoked.

Visitors at Petroglyph National Monument are urged to stay on the trail and to keep an eye out for snakes at all times. You should avoid reaching into areas that you can’t see behind as they could be potential rattlesnake hiding spots.

Additionally, visitors are urged not to wear sandals or any other open toe shoes that expose skin. Snake season is the most likely time to encounter any snakes and runs from spring through summer.

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