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April 5, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Well, now we've seen it all: Scientists from UC Davis and San Diego State University have released a video of a venomous rattlesnake attacking a robotic squirrel. And we thought robojelly, the robotic jellyfish was weird. The video was made by Rulon Clark , a biology professor at San Diego State who is trying to determine how squirrels and rattlesnakes communicate in the wild. When a squirrel thinks a rattlesnake is nearby, rather than running away, it will raise its tail, heat it up, and wag it. Scientists call this "flagging behavior.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Rattlesnakes are slithering into public view throughout the county in greater numbers than in previous years. Since Jan. 1, the county Department of Animal Services reports 78 emergency calls about rattlesnakes -- three times as many as the same period last year. A mild winter and then several heat spells are drawing the snakes out of their winter dens before their usual spring arrival, according to Dawn Danielson, director of the Department of Animal Services. Several tips: Keep your dog on a leash when walking in snake territory, don't get distracted by your cellphone, and clean away woodpiles from your backyard.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
An 84-year-old man was airlifted from a beach near Pacific Palisades so he could receive treatment for a rattlesnake bite Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The number of Los Angeles-area snakebites usually rises during the early summer months, when more people are spending time in yards or on hikes, L.A. County Fire Department spokesman Scott Miller said. The elderly man, who was not identified because of health privacy laws, walked into an L.A. County fire station in Topanga Canyon about 1:45 p.m. and told firefighters he'd been bitten by a rattlesnake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2013 | By Kurt Streeter
An 84-year-old man was airlifted from a beach near Pacific Palisades so he could receive treatment for a rattlesnake bite Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The number of Los Angeles-area snakebites usually rises during the early summer months, when more people are spending time in yards or on hikes, L.A. County Fire Department spokesman Scott Miller said. The elderly man, who was not identified because of health privacy laws, walked into an L.A. County fire station in Topanga Canyon about 1:45 p.m. and told firefighters he'd been bitten by a rattlesnake.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
This post has been corrected. See note below. SEATTLE -- A weekend shopping trip to Wal-Mart is usually guaranteed to produce an intriguing cast of characters, but a rattlesnake? Really? Ask Mica Craig, a Clarkston, Wash., man who was apparently bitten by a rattlesnake when he reached down to check the price on a bag of garden mulch. “My hand feels like it's in a burning fire right now,” Craig, 47, told the Lewiston Tribune following the incident Saturday at the Clarkston store's outdoor garden section, which lies across the street from a vacant lot where snakes have been known to loiter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 19, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
A deputy who stopped a driver Friday discovered a bag of methamphetamine in the car -- and a deadly baby rattlesnake. The baggy, and the snake, were in a detachable car stereo case on the seat. "I opened it up and the snake looked right at me," said Deputy Frank Jinright. "I slammed the case shut as fast as I could." Investigators say they are trying to determine the man's identity, because he has given police more than one name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A 14-month-old Pinole boy bitten by a rattlesnake in the backyard of his home was in stable condition Monday at Children's Hospital. The boy was moved from the intensive care unit to a regular room Monday morning, said hospital spokeswoman Carol Hyman. The snake bit him Sunday on his right thumb, according to the Pinole Fire Department. Firefighters found the snake behind some garden pots and killed it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1992
A 20-month-old girl was in satisfactory condition Thursday night at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Hollywood after being bitten on the thumb by a baby diamondback rattlesnake that had crawled into the family's home, apparently through the door of an attached garage. Jenny Teichert could barely believe her eyes when her daughter Ann walked toward her holding the snake. "Ann was totally calm," Teichert said.
NEWS
March 24, 1991
I was appalled by your article on the practice of rattlesnake roundups ("Rattle Trap," March 14). Rattlesnakes may not be cute and cuddly, but animal cruelty and senseless slaughter in the name of fun and profit is disgusting no matter what type of animal is the victim. In this time of great national pride, we should not forget that the rattlesnake was almost chosen as our national symbol. It is found on the flag that represented our original 13 colonies with the slogan, "Don't Tread on Me."
MAGAZINE
June 11, 2000
Bob Sipchen's article ("In the Realm of the Rattlesnake," May 7) sickened me. He described scooping a rattlesnake onto a shovel and giving it a hard fling to the extent that the snake was visible against the blue sky--and in his twisted mind, this was protecting the creatures?! To be flung that high means that when the snake lands, it will be killed or badly injured. Or it might crawl away only to bleed to death from internal injuries, suffering slowly. Snakes, like all animals, feel fear and pain.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
SWEETWATER, TEXAS - Kyndra Vaught caught everybody's attention when she arrived at the rattlesnake roundup here in West Texas last month wearing her crown and rhinestone cowboy boots. “Are you the snake charmer queen?” shouted a man selling rattlesnake head canes, porcelain rattlesnake “eggs” and snakeskin wallets. “You need a snake.” Kyndra, 17, let him drape an oversized plastic rattlesnake over her shoulders as she posed for photos. She had just been named Miss Snake Charmer the night before, part of the roundup pageant detailed in Friday's Los Angeles Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
JOSHUA TREE - Along the saw-toothed ridge of Rattlesnake Canyon, crude graffiti invades the crevices that offered shade to nomadic Indians trekking across the Mojave hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago. "Skunk," "oatmeal cookie" and "punx" are scribbled in black spray paint on giant, earth-crushing boulders where ancient petroglyphs may have been etched by the Serrano and Chemehuevi. The damage goes far beyond a few lovey-dovey teenagers carving their initials into picnic tables.
SCIENCE
April 8, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Recent vandalism to rocks and walls at Rattlesnake Canyon has prompted officials at Joshua Tree National Park to close the popular trail temporarily to protect it from further damage. The problem has been building since January, beginning with a few spray-painted markings and scratching in the day use and canyon areas of Rattlesnake Canyon. Officials believe that the defacing has escalated as vandals have used social media to brag about their actions. Damage has now affected archaeological sites, and park officials say they don't have the resources to quickly clean the rocks.
NATIONAL
May 15, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
This post has been corrected. See note below. SEATTLE -- A weekend shopping trip to Wal-Mart is usually guaranteed to produce an intriguing cast of characters, but a rattlesnake? Really? Ask Mica Craig, a Clarkston, Wash., man who was apparently bitten by a rattlesnake when he reached down to check the price on a bag of garden mulch. “My hand feels like it's in a burning fire right now,” Craig, 47, told the Lewiston Tribune following the incident Saturday at the Clarkston store's outdoor garden section, which lies across the street from a vacant lot where snakes have been known to loiter.
SPORTS
April 28, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
The Denver Nuggets arrived in Los Angeles facing a 3-0 deficit, an odd spot to be in before a playoff opener. That's the discrepancy in star power between the Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol and the Nuggets of zero players likely to get into Staples Center without ID on Sunday before Game 1 of the first-round series. Bryant, Bynum and Gasol have each won multiple NBA championships. No Nugget has even reached the Finals. Bryant was the league's most valuable player in 2008, and Bynum and Gasol have been All-Stars.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Well, now we've seen it all: Scientists from UC Davis and San Diego State University have released a video of a venomous rattlesnake attacking a robotic squirrel. And we thought robojelly, the robotic jellyfish was weird. The video was made by Rulon Clark , a biology professor at San Diego State who is trying to determine how squirrels and rattlesnakes communicate in the wild. When a squirrel thinks a rattlesnake is nearby, rather than running away, it will raise its tail, heat it up, and wag it. Scientists call this "flagging behavior.
OPINION
June 16, 2008
Re "Man bitten by rattlesnake," June 12 The Times reported that the man bitten by the snake took the snake to the hospital so the medical staff could determine what kind of antivenom to use for treatment. Attempting to transport a venomous snake for this purpose is dangerous and futile. First, knowing the exact identity of the snake is not necessary. There is only one commercially available antivenom produced in the United States, and this antivenom works for all species of rattlesnakes.
NATIONAL
April 15, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A preacher bitten by a rattlesnake as he handled it during an Easter service at a rural church died after refusing medical treatment, authorities in Jonesville, Va., said. The Rev. Dwayne Long died a day after being bitten on a finger during a service at his church, where members believe ritual serpent-handling is a form of obedience to God, said Sheriff Gary Parsons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2009 | By Louis Sahagun
Could the rattlesnakes on Santa Catalina Island be a subspecies new to science? DNA studies underway on five specimens -- four females and a male -- at Loma Linda University's Department of Earth and Biological Sciences aim to determine if they are distinguishable from the Southern Pacific rattlesnakes found in Southern California. Naturalists have long suspected that the island's rattlesnakes behave differently, suggesting adaptations to evolving in isolation 22 miles from the Southern California coast.
NATIONAL
September 4, 2009 | Thomas Curwen
A synthesized cellphone melody pulls Jeff Rice from his sleep. De-de da-de-de da-de-de da-de. De-de da-de-de da-de-de da-de. Rice hits the alarm. It's 4:30, still dark. He clicks on his headlamp and dresses in the confines of his tent. The nylon zipper shrieks -- zzzzzzzzzzzpp -- as he opens the flap and steps outside. A few clouds have rolled in. The remaining stars poke through the sky like shards of light. Beyond the cottonwoods, the creek is a steady babble, the crickets nonstop and the bats an occasional tcheee, tcheee, tcheee.
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