Two children bitten by rattlesnakes within a week in Northern California – abc7news.com

Within one week, two children have been bitten by rattlesnakes in Northern California. Rattlesnake experts say they’ve been getting a lot more calls for removals recently.

Veterinarians warn that with the current drought, you may see more rattlesnakes than usual.

Ishneed Kaur, 2, was bitten Tuesday night in Pittsburg and is at the Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Doctors at Children’s Hospital say Kaur is lucky she was brought in soon after she was bit by the rattlesnake. Experts say time is of the essence in cases like this.

Kaur is now stable in the intensive care unit and doctors are optimistic she will go home soon.

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She was airlifted to the hospital Tuesday night after a snake bit her in the foot. “They said this looks like it’s dangerous, they called 911,” her grandfather said.

Kaur’s grandfather said she was playing in her backyard when she was unexpectedly attacked. Fire crews noticed her swollen, black foot.

Within minutes they found the culprit — a rattlesnake.

In Folsom, a 4-year-old boy was also victim to a rattlesnake bite. It happened over the weekend while he was walking on a bike trail.

His pregnant mother tried to help the boy but made a mistake that could have hurt them both. Fortunately everyone is fine.

“The mama bear instinct in me decided to suck the venom out because apparently that’s what Bonanza does,” the mother said.

Veterinarians say you may see more rattlesnakes this time of year due to the drought.

“With it being dry, a lot of animals are being more concentrated where water sources are,” Lindsay Wildlife vet Guthrum Purdin said.

That means they could be lurking around your home.

A rattlesnake was found in someone’s yard in Walnut Creek. “I get a lot of snakes, especially this year with the drought, that are caught in garden netting,” Purdin said.

Experts recommend clearing the brush around your house where snakes can hide. They also say steer clear of rocks and logs where they like to hibernate.

“Once you’ve been bitten by a snake, the sooner you can be treated, the more likely there will be a resolve quickly,” Purdin said.

Kaur’s family is thankful that was the case for their little girl.

Click here to find out what to do if a snake does bite.