Annual wildlife series starts Friday with venomous creatures

This speckled rattlesnake is one of 13 species of rattler found in Arizona, more than in any other state. (Courtesy)

This speckled rattlesnake is one of 13 species of rattler found in Arizona, more than in any other state. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - The first in the Arizona Game and Fish Department's annual Summer Wildlife Series gets underway Friday at the Kingman Mohave County Library.

As usual, this inaugural presentation - one of six - focuses on the popular subject of venomous creatures.

"If you cringe at the sight of spiders or snakes, there's no need to feel alone. People rank both near the top of their most common fears," said Zen Mocarski in an email.

Mocarski, the information and program manager for the department's Region 3 office in Kingman, said Game and Fish employees would separate fact from fiction at the presentation, which will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the library located at 3269 N. Burbank Street.

This subject is so popular that library staff will open the main part of the facility in order to accommodate a larger audience. Usually, space constraints limit attendance to 52 people, said Mocarski.

In addition to providing information on the various venomous creatures indigenous to Arizona, staffers will also explain what people should do in the event of a bite or sting.

"There's a lot of bad information floating around about these creatures," said Mocarski. "People need to be careful about what they believe."

Mocarski said rattlesnakes pose the biggest threat to humans in the state, but the reptiles should not be looked at differently than other potential threats.

"You're more likely to die from a domestic dog attack than a venomous snakebite," he said. "That doesn't mean you shouldn't have a healthy respect for rattlesnakes, but it does help put the threat into perspective."

Rattlesnakes are not the only creatures that will be discussed during the 45-minute presentation.

Also on the list are venomous spiders, scorpions and Gila monsters.