Wednesday, April 6, 2011
About the Mojave Green:
"Some Mojave rattlesnakes are greenish, but can be colored greenish gray, olive-green, or occasionally brownish or yellowish.
This rattlesnake has a very potent venom which is considered ten times more toxic than other North American rattlesnakes, a fact that makes the Mojave rattlesnake one of the most dangerous poisonous snakes in the United States. Their venom works as a neurotoxin and is called Mojave toxin. Strangely, the bite of a Mojave Rattlesnake is usually not as painful as other rattlesnake bites."
In the late fall and winter, rattlesnakes go underground to stay warm. By late March, as the weather warms, they come out.
I would recommend not letting your dog run loose in this part of the world during the spring and summer. The Mojave Green's venom is so potent that a dog's chance of survival, if bit, is zero.
Most dogs are naturally curious about snakes.
Here, in the West, many classes are taught for dogs in snake avoidance. Example of a course in Tucson, Arizona is:
I will be signing Bailey and Chloe up for classes like these as we do have rattlesnakes in our part of the world. They are just not as dangerous as the Mojave Green.