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Safety During Increased Snake Activity: What You Should Know If You’re Going Outside More

RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – As the weather gets warmer, more people will be getting outside to hit the trails. But you won’t be alone.

With the warmer weather, snakes will be out as well.

Although there are 37 different species of snakes in North Carolina, most are not venomous, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Recourses Commission.

And there are some things you can do to stay safe when in areas where snakes are likely to be present.

dr Benjamin German, a WakeMed snake bite and injury expert, said there are a few key things to consider: what’s around you and a main species of venomous snakes to watch out for.

“Copperheads are one of the most important venomous snakes here in North Carolina,” German said. “Most snakes are found even in semi-rural areas, including some parks, and it’s always a good idea to think about [snakes] could be there,” he said.

And now it’s time to become aware of them: “At this time of year, snakes begin to become active; When you’re outside and feeling good — it feels like a nice day — the snakes feel the same way,” German said.

And if you’re on a trail, try to stay away from the edges, where the scrub and cover might be: “Snakes often don’t like sitting outdoors,” he said.

And that goes for Copperheads, as they are ambush predators and prefer to be hidden and curled up.

Wearing the right shoes when out walking will also help if you encounter a snake.

Boots that go over the ankle can help and offer protection, the German says.

According to German, you’re also more likely to encounter a snake near your home than outside in a park.

If something “has been there for a while — for the winter, or even for a couple of weeks this time of year — you should take extra care when turning items over, removing brush piles and piles of wood, especially if they get some foliage on them,” German said . “Most of the accidental bites I see around the house are hand and foot bites.”

And if you come across a snake and want to know what species it is, there’s an app to help you.

Jacob Greenleaf is collaborating SnakeSnap!, this is an app this will help you identify what type of snake you encountered.

Development of the app began when the founder spotted a snake in his pool and didn’t know what type of snake it was, according to Greenleaf.

The app works by users taking a photo of a snake and uploading it to the app, and then the experts get to work and respond with information about what species it is and other information about the snake photographed.

“Now that spring is in full swing, snakes are out in greater numbers and will continue to be in greater numbers. So if you’re hiking, gardening, or getting outdoors, it’s important to know you have a resource in your pocket [help] Protect yourself, your family and your pets,” Greenleaf said.

It’s a tool that almost anyone can use and can provide useful information if you ever spot a snake.

Understanding, education and awareness are key as snakes become more active and we enjoy being outside more.

“Always be mindful of where you put your hands and feet, and the best course of action is avoidance,” German shared.

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DUSTIN JONES

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