- Associated Press - Sunday, June 21, 2015

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has received several reports of rattlesnakes in the Missoula area.

FWP wildlife biologist Kristi DuBois says she usually gets only one report a year of rattlesnakes in the area.

Prairie rattlesnakes have always lived in west-central Montana, but are not nearly as common as they are east of the Continental Divide.

Dubois tells the Missoulian (http://bit.ly/1BEYB8d ) that hot weather can prompt rattlers to move down to moist river bottoms in pursuit of rodents and cool temperatures.

She noted that bull snakes look a lot like rattlesnakes and vibrate their tail to make a rattling sound.

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Information from: Missoulian, http://www.missoulian.com

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