Bottom line? Rattlesnakes really do not want to bite anyone! They are NOT aggressive and will only bite when frightened or intentionally/accidentally disturbed, so leave them alone and call a friendly, reputable, rattlesnake wrangler.
8,000 humans are bit in the USA annually. Only five of them die, on average. California reports about 300 bites a year with zero deaths. One source says 300,000 pets are bitten annually by venomous snakes in the USA. Sadly, dogs and cats under 10 pounds die.
I have been handing rattlesnakes since 1966, have been a desert resident for 49 years, and a professional hike leader since 1990. I am a former member of the Palm Springs Desert Museum Natural Science Council. I’ve spent the past 42 years reading and learning about rattlesnakes (rescue/relocate locally only). I specifically study rattlesnake behavior in our area of the high desert so I can share the most valuable, up to date information with Joshua Tree Voice readers and my clients. My classes provide dogs with a new instinct that teaches them to steer clear of a rattlesnake and alert you, and my basic rattlesnake safety class will diffuse fears and answer a multitude of questions. I love questions! If you are looking to have your dogs, cats, or family, professionally trained in Rattlesnake Aversion, please contact me for further information. Text is preferred 760-401-4488, or find me on Facebook: Phil’s K9 Rattlesnake Aversion Classes.