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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A north Georgia man died from a rattlesnake bite. Deaths from snake bites are rare but with hunting season here, people need to be watchful.

A rattlesnake bit 68-year-old Dick Rupert on the calf Saturday while he was hunting in Oglethorpe County. He died about an hour later at a hospital.

Chehaw snake experts say there are several rattlesnake species in South Georgia including the Diamondback and Canebrake. They don't like cold or hot temperatures, but when temperatures are mild, you need to be extra cautious.

"It's really important for the hunter to be observant of where they place their hands and feet because there's always that possibility. A snake doesn't want to bite you. You're too big for him to eat. They're only going to strike in defense of themselves," said Chehaw Natural Resources Manager Ben Kirkland.

If a snake bites you, you should try not to panic. That can make the venom spread more quickly. You need to get to a hospital quickly for treatment.

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