Snakes of Boulder Ridge

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Snake Bites

Bite severity by a snake depends on many factors, including the amount of venom injected, bite location, and a person's age and health. Seek immediate medical care if you think you've been bitten by a poisonous snake.


Do NOT do any of the following:

  • Do not pick up the snake or try to trap it.

  • Do not apply a tourniquet.

  • Do not slash the wound with a knife.

  • Do not suck out the venom.

Because of our year-round warm climate, Arizona is home to many types of snakes and other reptiles.  Arizona is home to 13 species of rattlesnakes, the most of any other state.  The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake is the most commonly encountered rattlesnake in the valley and can be found anywhere where homes are close to native desert habitat.  Most of our rattlesnakes are aggressive and venomous, make sure you keep your distance and let the snake move on.  They can be identified by the rattle, white and black striped tail, and white-lined diamond pattern on the back. coloration is usually drab shades of brown or grey.

I would like to offer a little bit of common safety advice. When you come across a snake it is best to keep a safe distance.  You would be surprised to find out how many people end up in the hospital each year by approaching a venomous snake that they thought was "harmless."

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Safe & Humane

Snake Removal Services

AZROC 321123


24/7 Snake Removal Hotline: 480-237-9975

Snake Removal / Property Inspections

If  You See A Snake

1. Have someone watch the snake from a safe distance until a snake removal agent arrives.

2. Call 480-237-9975 in Phoenix.

3. Keep watch of the snake until we arrive to remove the snake.

If you use this service please mention

Snake under Welcome sign.

Picture courtesy of Barbara Whitmore, #217

Picture courtesy of:

Barbara Whitmore, #217

Photo courtesy of Gene Osteen, #204

Taken 3/26/2019 by the mailbox.

Snake between the rocks

Photo courtesy of Gene Osteen, #204

Taken 3/26/2019 by the mailbox.



A dead rattlesnake can still bite through reflex. Do not touch a dead snake.  Even a decapitated head of a snake will still bite for a period of time after decapitation.

Western Diamondback


below that bit the rabbit.


The picture on the right shows tail with white and black rings.












of tail.

Photo courtesy of Gene Osteen, #204

Taken 3/26/2019 by the mailbox.

This small rabbit was bitten by the rattlesnake in the Gene Osteen pictures taken 3/26/2019.  There was a blood trail behind the rabbit and quite a bit of blood under the rabbit.  You can see some blood under its front foot, and a blood stain behind it.

Diamondback Rattlesnake

in the back yard of lot #205 on

March 30, 2019 

Photo by:

Gene Osteen, #204

On the left a Diamondback Rattle Snake in my back yard, lot 204.  On the right a Diamondback Rattle Snake going under the house of lot 203.

During the week of September 8th I had 5 Diamond Back Rattlesnakes in my backyard.  I have a snake grasper and relocate some of the snakes and leave the rest alone.

Please do not kill the snakes, this is their habitat and they help with rodent control.

Phoenix Herpetological Society
20701 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Ste. 107 PMB 401
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary (PHS) will humanely remove and relocate a snake from your property for a fee. If you need a snake moved, call 602-550-1090.

Nonvenomous Bull Snake on road in front of Clubhouse on April 13, 2019.  Photo by Amy Lindquist, #209 son.

Banner University Medical Center Phoenix specializes in treating snake bites.


Banner has the newly FDA-approved anti-venom called Anavip. This venom cost $1200 a vial.  The latest victum had 30 vials ($36,000) injected to save him.



Arizona is home to a wide variety of snakes. These reptiles serve an important and effective role in rodent control. Without such predators, the disease and destruction for which rodents are responsible would increase.

Please, Please, Please do not kill snakes.

If you have pictures of snakes that were taken in Boulder Ridge please send the pictures to Gene Osteen by clicking on the snake below.



Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Arizona Rattlesnake Quick Facts

  • average number of rattlesnake bites per year in Arizona 125-275

  • snakes prefer a temperature between 80 - 90%

  • number of deaths resulting from rattlesnake bites 1%

  • most snake bites occur when attempting to move or provoke a snake

  • not all snake bites include venom about 15-20% often called dry bites



The information provided on this page is for general basic information only.  Please consult a professional regarding snakes and snake bites.


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