Mojave Rattlesnakes popping up in southern New Mexico

Posted at: 08/25/2014 5:05 PM
Updated at: 08/25/2014 5:25 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Mojave rattlesnakes are one of the most lethal rattlesnakes in the country, and they are popping up right here in New Mexico.

Snake handler Tony Hutchins says he's captured three Mojave Rattlers inside Carlsbad city limits.

He says he found one on the west side, and another two underneath a home on the east side.

"When I capture the snakes, I take them to these dens that I have and I turn them loose there," said Hutchins.

So far Hutchins says he's captured 30 other types of snakes this year in Carlsbad, which is nearly double what he caught last year.

"There are a lot more snakes this year," said Hutchins.

But it's the Mojave Rattlesnakes that everyone is watching out for.

"See they're real dangerous because the cocktail they have with their venom is really potent," said Hutchins. "They can hurt you worse than a Western Diamondback, and a Western Diamondback can kill you."

You can tell if it's a Mojave Rattler by its' tail - the white bands on the tail tend to be thicker than the black ones.

As for the bite, sometimes the effects can be delayed.

"With the Mojave, sometimes it just leaves a red spot and you may just see the fang marks and a little blood coming out you think it's not a severe bite but with those kind of snakes it's different," said Hutchins.

So different, Hutchins said, that Mojave bites require a separate type of anti-venom.

The best advice if you see one is to call 911 immediately.