"Rattlesnakes are neat and novel members of our native reptile community," he said. "They control pests. They're very important to Utah's ecosystems."
The Great Basin rattlesnake is most common and is found throughout Utah, typically on rocky, talus slopes, according to the release.
"Because many snake species are camouflaged," Jones says, "there's a chance you've been close to a snake and never knew it."
DWR offers these tips if you encounter a snake:
Remain calm. Do not panic.
Stay at least 5 feet from the snake. Give the rattlesnake respect and space.
Do not try to kill the snake. Doing so is illegal and greatly increases the chance the snake will bite you. "Most venomous bites happen when untrained people try to kill or harass a snake," Jones said. "In most cases, the snake is simply moving through the area, sunning itself or attempting to find refuge. If you leave the snake alone, it will leave you alone."
Alert people to the snake's location. Advise them to use caution and to respect the snake. Keep children and pets away.