Rattlesnakes are out early this year. They usually hit hiking trails in the Bay Area by the end of April. But the last few years, they’ve been appearing early in March.
Rattlesnakes aren’t normally aggressive, unless you provoke them. And they don’t always rattle before they strike. They hide in tall grass, under branches, and brush.
Authorities urge that, if you encounter one, warn others around you. And, by all means, keep your dog on a leash.
If you find one in your yard, you can contact a removal service that will find it a new home.