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Rattlesnake Slithering Around Centralia

Centralia played host to a rare visitor.  A rattlesnake was found wandering the streets on Thursday.  Nemaha County Sheriff Rich Vernon issued the warning Thursday after the discovery of the rattlesnake.

If you see what you believe to be a rattlesnake in an area with people or pets you can call 911.

 In Kansas the typical rattle snake is fairly small, measuring from 18 to 30 inches in length.  Normally the snake will be grey or tan with a row of large spots down the center of the back and three rows of spots down each side.  Occassionally the rattle snakes may have spots that join together making them appear to have long blotches from the back down the side.  The rattling is a warning the snake thinks you are too close.

 Rattle snakes can strike nearly the length of their body.  Victims of the bite should try to stay calm.  An increased heart rate will spread the venom faster.  The victim should be taken to the hospital as quickly as possible.

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