Droughts bring a lot of unwanted consequences. Roasted lawns, low lake levels, and the unmistakable sound of rattlesnakes. In 2015, residents in Carson County reported several rattlers turning up in yards or sidewalks.

Growing up in Texas, we know our chances of encountering the deadly snakes, increase during the summer months. We really didn't have a winter this year and with temperatures at or near 100 degrees, snakes are on the move and several folks around Amarillo and the panhandle, are reporting contacts with snakes, including rattlesnakes. The greatest concern for snakebites is for children, pets, and livestock.

Rural residents should be aware of the normal snake hangouts such as barns, and open fields. Those of us living in the cities should use caution in areas, that are known to be snake hideouts including woodpiles, tall grass, or even sidewalks.

Snake experts recommend keeping your lawn mowed and avoid creating opportunities for the slithering serpents. Clean up any "junk" piles along your property and be careful around your supply of firewood. Most snakes of any kind, try to avoid contact with humans.

If the worst happens and someone gets bit, call 911 immediately, Do not attempt to suck out or remove poison from the wound. Household pets should be taken to a veterinarian, as soon as possible.

City residents who come across rattlesnakes on their property should call their police department. If you live outside the city, notify your Sheriff's department.