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By Ryan Houston - bio | email

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...

Previous WALB ‘Snake' coverage

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Lookout; it's snake season

5/17/2010

Be watchful of snakes

10/21/2009

Georgia has endangered snakes

7/17/2009

Rattlesnake sends man to hospital

6/27/2009

Roundup your rattlesnakes and head to Whigham!

2/2/2009

Does snake set record?

8/27/2008

Watch your step and your pet... snakes are out

6/24/2008

Snake Bite victim goes home

6/9/2008

Snake strikes a two-year-old at Chehaw

6/4/2008

South Georgians round-up rattlesnakes

1/31/2008

Snake bite puts Mitchell County man in intensive care

9/17/2007

South Georgia snake dangers

5/8/2007

Snakes are on the move

10/2/2006

Snake bite sends Worth County man to ER

7/18/2005

There's now a vaccine for rattlesnake bites

7/7/2005

Snake bite prompts surrender

6/2/2005

Rattlesnake Roundup attendance cut by cold weather

1/31/2005

Snakes active in Georgia

5/13/2004

Man survives toxic snake bite

4/28/2004

Will Rattlesnake Roundup end?

2/3/2004

Rattle snake roundup in Whigam

2/2/2004

Child recovers from snakebite

9/4/2003

Child bitten by snake, rushed to hospital

9/3/2003

Snakes in South Georgia are active

6/16/2003

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5/30/2003

Rattlesnake reduction

1/24/2003

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7/31/2002

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7/29/2002

Snake crawls in car

7/17/2002


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