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Danville Little League Moves Games After Rattlesnake Bit Boy

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Tassajara Valley Little League players. (CBS)

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DANVILLE (KPIX 5) — The Tassajara Valley Little League has temporarily moved all baseball games from Blackhawk Fields in Danville and sent a warning letter to parents, after a little boy was bitten by a rattlesnake.

According to witnesses, the boy was playing near the field while his older brother was playing baseball.

“He kind of wandered off into the grassy areas next to the field, apparently to use the restroom. Next thing we knew we heard commotion,” Jim Campbell, a little league coach, told KPIX 5.

Since then, all of the leagues baseball games have been moved to nearby Snake Park, which has a big statue of a snake at the playground. Despite the park’s name, the league said it is safer because there is less dry brush.

Rattlers have also been spotted near the batting cages at Sycamore Park.

The California Poison Control Center said rattlesnakes bite about 800 people every year, with one to two deaths.

Signs posted at Snake Park advice visitors to stay alert and stay out of the dry brush, especially in the early morning when snakes are sunning themselves.

Rattlers wont strike unless provoked or scared. Snake bite victims should call 911 immediately.

The little boy who was bitten by the rattlesnake was taken to Children’s Hospital Oakland where doctors treated him with anti-venom. He is back home as of Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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