Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:14 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:14:04 GMT
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma. Not only are a lot of people already donating items, but people are chippingMore >>
A Cordele woman and her father are leading an effort to send clothes and other supplies to tornado victims in Moore, Oklahoma.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – The snakebite death of a Berrien County man strikes fear in us all. Very few people like snakes. In fact, most of us hate them.
There are lots of snakes here in South Georgia that won't hurt you, and actually serve a good purpose. But it's the poisonous ones you have to watch out for.
Snakes are some of the most disliked creatures on the planet. Six year old Shaniah Grinville said "I really don't like snakes."
"Kids are scared a lot of times because adults they see are scared," said Chehaw Park instructor Samantha Sassone.
And the reason Shaniah's afraid, "Because they bite."
But bites from non-poisonous snakes, like the gray rat snake, won't kill you.
"If he bites you it's really just gonna be something small," said Sassone.
And contrary to what you may think, snakes don't WANT to bite you. "The biggest misconception about snakes would be is that snakes are aggressive," said Sassone.
They prefer to get away from you and only bite if they are cornered. So how do you know if a snake is poisonous?
Chehaw Executive director Doug Porter thinks, "Their heads are very much wider than the rest of the body. Almost with a triangular shape."
"If you see a snake with a big fat head stay away from it," said Doug Porter.
With so many do's and don't's about handling snakes, experts say the best thing to do is simply stay away from them. "If you see a snake don't ever grab it or poke it, because it might become defensive," said Sassone.
So in this situation the best offense is to prevent the defense. If a poisonous snake bites you, you should get medical attention right away. Also try to remember the color and shape of the snake, that can help with treatment.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to identify Georgia's reptiles...