By Christopher Baker

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — According to a new study from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, rattlesnakes are thriving in California.

The report states that snakes are among the fastest-growing animal population in the state.

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Towns along Highway 50, between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe, are becoming boom towns for rattlesnakes.

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Experts say that climate change is the cause of the increase in the snake population because it creates a perfect environment for them.

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Wildlife experts advise hikers to stay on the trail and never step into an area where they can’t see.