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Snake Bites a Growing Concern in the East and the South

Jaclyn Hughes

Summer is a joyful season, but often a concerning one for various health reasons; such as snake bites! There are people that live their whole lives and never encounter a snake, but when you do it’s usually a memorable experience. While most snakes you’ll come across are usually nonvenomous, there are those that are poisonous and often we find that out all too late in the game.

Snake bites accounted for 517 emergency calls in 2014 according to the Charlotte branch of Cox Media Group, and they also receive roughly 2 calls per day regarding copperhead snakes during the summer. They have recorded a few different types of venomous snakes in the Charlotte area, making public awareness vital.

  • The Carolina Poison Center advises these tips:
  • Call 1-800-222-1222 if you think you have been exposed or possibly bitten by a snake.
  • Avoid walking or playing in tall grass or fields where the terrain is too tall to visibly see what animals may be lurking in the ground.
  • Do not allow children to handle snakes that you aren’t familiar with as they could be poisonous
  • Call a professional to remove any unwanted snakes as trying to kill them often leads to being bitten or sprayed by a snake
  • Wear boots when handing any type of snake
  • Leave snakes alone. The more you mess with them, the more frustrated they will get with you and eventually lead to them being aggressive
  • Buy snake traps if you have a snake problem in your area as they have sticky ones that can allow you to usually remove the snake once it is trapped with ease
  • Teach your children to not touch any animal that could potentially hurt them. This theory applies to any animal that resides in the wild, and even dogs they are not familiar with.

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