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More rattlesnakes on Southern California hiking trails this year, experts say

A rattlesnake is seen in this undated file photo.

May 23, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
If you plan to go enjoy Southern California's mountains and hiking trails this summer, you'll want to watch your step.

Experts are warning there may be more rattlesnakes this year thanks to some heavy rains a few years ago. They said snakes are waking up from hibernation and baby snakes are hatching.

There are about 300 snakebite cases in California each year. Most bites in California happen between April and October, and they can be fatal.