A mountain biker landed on one today and was bitten.
Yeah, here's some good info from the article in the PHX paper:
""Wherever the bite is, is where most of the damage is going to occur. And that means breakdown of muscle and skin, as well as a lot of edema and swelling," Brooks said.
Brooks said the most important factor when being bitten by a rattlesnake is to consider how much venom is injected.
As the Valley warms up, rattlesnakes are out on the hiking trails.
"In the warm deserts, rattlesnakes are most active from March through October. In the spring, they are active during daylight hours. As days become increasingly hot around early May, rattlesnakes become more active at night and spend the day in a spot of shade or a cool shelter," according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department."
https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/lo ... 020169002/
Even if people don't die from them, there's apparently a lot of tissue damage involved (snake venom pre-digests its victim from the inside out), and the longer before the anti-venom, the worse the damage.
As for me, I ordered some snake gaiters for about $50 (with shipping).
http://cspforestry.com/products/rattler ... s-9020.htm
I'll keep them handy in my backpack and use them when I think I might need them –especially the next time I have to hike through a Cholla forest.