Watch where you step! Snakebites on the rise

Snake bites on the rise in Ga.

Warning! You might want to watch where you step this summer because snakebites are on the rise.

According to the Georgia Poison Control Center, they have gotten about 50 percent more snakebite calls this year than in 2016.


Slithering through the high grass, blending in with its surroundings, you may not see the snake until it's too late.

"Especially out there in the brush and stuff like that, you definitely got to be paying attention," Anthony Serrato, owner of Legacy Landscape and Design says.

Serrato says he's run into four snakes just in the past month.


One was definitely a rattlesnake, but the others?

"I mean, I don't stick around long enough to figure it out," Serrato laughs.

Serrato says snakes are becoming more of a concern, and he warns his employees to keep an eye out while they work.

"When you're lifting something, you know, be careful. Kind of shake it around a little bit with a stick and see if anything rattles or comes out at you or slithers on off," he says.

But not all snakes are dangerous.


"A snake is not going to chase you down to get you, but if you get in his space and you threaten him and you scare him, he's going to protect himself," says Sharron Cornacchione, an animal curator at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. 

Cornacchione says we are seeing more snakes due to the lack of cold weather.

Georgia has 40 snake but there are six venomous snakes you need to keep an eye out for: a Water Moccasin or Cottonmouth, Eastern Coral Snake, a Copperhead, and three types of rattlesnakes; the Diamondback, the Timber, and the Pigmy.


"So we have to be extra careful. This one right here is the copperhead and it's the one that more people get bit by here in the state of Georgia because of camouflage. If this snake was laying in a bunch of Georgia pine straw in your yard, you would never see him," Cornacchione says.

Her biggest advice, be aware of where your hands and feet are at all times when you are outside.

Doctor Benjie Christie at Navicent Health says if you are bitten do NOT apply a tourniquet or try to suck out the venom.

Instead, these are four steps you need to follow: stay calm, restrict your movement, take off all rings, watches, or restrictive clothes near the bite because you will swell, and call 911 and seek treatment immediately. 


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