Wildlife officials urge caution after rattlesnake sightings

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MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. — It’s rattlesnake mating season, and wildlife officials are urging residents of one Ocean County town to steer clear and let love take its course.

NJ.com reports residents of Manchester Township have reported seeing the noisy reptiles recently.

The state Department of Environmental Protection says to not go near the snakes because they view humans as predators and could strike if they feel threatened.

They also are capable of biting someone from as far away as half their body length.

Should one of them bite you, officials say to call 911, don’t drive yourself to the hospital and keep the affected area immobile and below heart level.