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Spring cleaning brings snake concerns

Rattlesnake at Chehaw (Source: WALB) Rattlesnake at Chehaw (Source: WALB)
Ben Kirkland speaking about how people can prevent snake bites (Source: WALB) Ben Kirkland speaking about how people can prevent snake bites (Source: WALB)
Ben Kirkland showing where snakes like to hide (Source: WALB) Ben Kirkland showing where snakes like to hide (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the warm weather picks up, snakes are becoming more active and making their way back to your yard. 

Reptiles are cold-blooded, which means their body temperature is determined by the climate and environment.  

Peak times for sightings are in the early mornings and late evenings when temperatures are cooler. But when the heat spikes into the 90s, you'll find them cooling off under debris or in shaded areas so they don't overheat.  

The best way to avoid a snake bite is to leave it alone. They are more afraid of you then you are of them and generally attack when they feel threatened.

"Vast majority of the time, 95 percent of all snake bites occur when you're trying to kill the snake or trying to catch the snake. Moral of the story, leave them alone. They don't want to bite you, your too big for them to eat, they are only biting in defense."

Typically experts say the majority of snakes found in a yard are non-venomous. However, there are six species of venomous snakes you need to watch out for in Georgia:

  • Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
  • Cottonmouth (water moccasin)
  • Coral snake
  • Copperhead
  • Timber rattlesnake
  • Pigmy rattlesnake

If you are bitten by a snake, you should go to the nearest hospital. 

If you can't drive, you need to have someone drive for you.

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