Birmingham is seeing snakes as the weather warms up

There’s more arriving with the warm weather than pollen and flowers this spring. Alabama is seeing several types of snakes coming out, but they’re not all dangerous.

Copperheads are sliding around more frequently in the Birmingham area, but they are one of the least venomous snake species and a bit can be treated with a dose of anti-venom. Be on the lookout, the slithering creatures like to hang out in low lying plants and grass. Mandy Nobles, a reptile expert at the Birmingham Zoo says Copperheads don’t bother humans and that they rely on camouflauge. She says they will hide versus biting you so they won’t waste their venom.

However, if you do happen to come across a snake–don’t touch it. instead, back away slowly.Most snakes avoid poeple if possible and bite only when threatened or surprised.

Here are some do’s and don’t’s from the Mayo Clini if you do have a snake bite:
DO try to immobilize the bitten arem or leg
DO stay as still as possible to keep the venom from spreading through your body
DO remove any jewelry before you start to swell
DO position yourself so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart

DON’T apply a tourniquet or ice
DON’T cut the wound or attempt to remove the venom
DON’T try to catch the snake — but try to remember its color and shape so you can describe it, which will help in your treatment

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