The snakes are out of hibernation. Actually they have been out for a couple weeks but I saw this article in the newspaper and I thought it would be a good time for a post. They tend to show up and are very active once the temps reach and stay above 80 degrees.
While I still believe the most appropriate use for anything that slithers on its belly is to be worn as a belt, boots or hat band I have become more tolerant over the years. I like to hike at night. I prefer to let my eyes adjust and walk the trails without using a flashlight/headlamp but there are certain times of the year here when that is ill-advised and now is one of those times. Case in point is our tourist walking his dog at night with open toed sandals.
Everybody always wants to know what to do if they get bit and my answer has been pretty much the same for as long as I can remember. Stay calm and go to the hospital or call 911 and meet the BRT at the trailhead so they can take you. If you are way back and you know that it is a hot bite (venom has been injected versus the many bites that are dry or without venom and you will definitely know) then you might seriously consider pushing the oh shit button and having the good guys come to you.
Anyway, be diligent and don’t put your hands or feet anywhere without looking there first. Also, keep an eye on those low branches. I have certainly seen them there too.