Coyotes & Rattlesnakes, Los Angeles
Rattlesnakes are found in many of hills and fields surrounding LA. You probably won't find them in Beverly Hills or downtown LA, but they are in the Hollywood Hills, the hills surrounding the Getty Center and the Getty Villa, the hills overlooking Malibu and Santa Monica. Most bites result from stepping on a snake or reaching your hand into a bush or on a rocky outcropping. If they start rattling, freeze and make sure you know where the snake(s) is and then slowly back away.
PLEASE be careful when walking Fifi or Fluffy at night, especially in areas such as Bel Air, Brentwood, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood Hills, and anywhere you might glimpse a mountain.
Coyotes have very sadly come down from the mountains and canyons and eaten people's pets, and once the coyote is there, nothing will stop him. So be careful at night.
I know people who have hiked for years and have never seen a rattlesnake. Lucky me, I've seen a few. This I could live without.
If you hear a rattle STOP. This is a warning. Once you see the snake you can avoid it. And more often than not he will slither away. Still, I have come upon two sleeping...be especially careful COMING DOWN ROCKS. I spotted one while stepping up stone steps...easy for me to see HOWEVER the people coming down those steps would not have been able to see him. Many friends use walking sticks which is a great idea...and I must get one for the spring.