Californian officials made it public news that, as compared to the national average, this year more snakes ended up biting humans.
What makes matters even worse is that some of said snakes were venomous, so one could argue that the threats to public health and safety are quite considerable.
Specialists are that this unfortunate situation is most likely due to the fact that overall temperatures last winter were not as low as in previous years, and that spring settled in rather quickly.
Whatever the cause – although it seems that climate change has a say in this, the fact remains that between January and April one US hospital had to take care of four people who had been bitten by snakes. Interestingly enough, in 2011, the same hospital had to deal with no such issues.