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Child recovers from snakebite

September 2, 2003

Americus-- The Lee County toddler bit by a poisonous snake over the weekend is recovering, but experts warn the number of deadly snakes is at their highest right now.

The Timber Rattlesnake, the most common rattler in our area. From the beginning of August into September, venomous snakes like the Timber are giving birth, fifteen to twenty babies at a time.

Herpetologist Dr. Bob Herrington says, "Been a little cooler year and I suspect lots of them are giving birth right now. So the greatest density of venomous snakes is right now through the cold months."

Most rattlesnakes will not strike at a person unless provoked. If you do come in contact with a rattler, Dr. Herrington suggests that you do not try to kill it, instead walk away.

Posted at 4:25 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com