L.A. Zoo Teams up with California Poison Control on Rattlesnake Danger

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March 10, 2016


Southern Pacific Rattlesnake at the L.A. Zoo (Photo by Tad Motoyama)

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake at the L.A. Zoo (Photo by Tad Motoyama)

Rattlesnake Awareness Media Briefing

Dr. Cyrus Rangan, Assistant Medical Director for the CPCS
Beth Schaefer, General Curator, Los Angeles Zoo
Ian Recchio, Curator of Reptiles and Amphibians, Los Angeles Zoo

Several species of rattlesnakes exhibited in the LAIR

Thursday, March 10, 2016; 9:00 a.m.

The LAIR (Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles)
Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Media staff should park in the Zoo’s south lot near the METRO bus circle by 8:45 a.m. and a cart will transport you to the LAIR.

To RSVP or to request photos, please call 310-313-3444 x2.

The Los Angeles Zoo (www.lazoo.org) and California Poison Control System (http://www.calpoison.org) remind all California residents to be aware of rattlesnakes that are moving around and active earlier than normal this season due to the record breaking warm weather in February; even newly born rattlesnakes possess dangerous venom. Additionally, L.A. Zoo experts believe 2016 has the potential of greater snake activity should the forecasted El Nino weather bring heavy rain to the Southern California area. The rainy season would provide rattlesnakes with an abundance of new food available to them, so California residents should be aware and cautious.

The Southern Pacific rattlesnake, native to the Los Angeles region, can be found at the Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles (LAIR) building at the L.A. Zoo along with many other species of rattlesnake. Home to one of the most diverse collections of rattlesnakes in the country, including many rare varieties from Mexico, the LAIR is one of the few reptile and amphibian-focused facilities to open within the last decade in a North American zoo. There are currently over 60 species of amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles represented, and each habitat is beautifully themed to exemplify the natural environments of the many diverse species.

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Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, drawing 1.6 million visitors each year, is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. Its lush grounds on 113 acres feature a botanical collection comprising over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for children ages 2 to 12. The Zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For information, call (323) 644-4200 or visit the L.A. Zoo Web site at www.lazoo.org.

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