Copperheads And Other Snakes Showing Up Across The Triad

11:02 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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Triad, NC -- The warmer weather brings beach trips, weekend getaways, cook-outs, and unfortunately snakes.

WFMY News 2 learned about a Winston-Salem woman who was bitten by a copperhead snake this week.

So far in 2013, Forsyth Medical reported 9 total snake bites, 8 of which were venomous. One person had to be transported to Wake Forest Baptist.

According to the Centers For Disease Control, between 7,000-8,000 Americans are bitten by a venomous snake every year.

Click here for information from the CDC: VENOMOUS SNAKES

WFMY News 2'z Liz Crawford talked to Scott McNeely with McNeely Pest Control about snakes here in the Triad. Late spring and early fall are the peak times for snakes to surface. McNeely's been getting several calls about snakes recently. Most of the time, he responds to black snakes, which are harmless.

The only venomous snake in the Triad is the copperhead.

"If you're going to be out weeding, wear leather gloves. If you're going to move a wood pile, you know, wear gloves. Wear shoes, consider wearing boots," said McNeely.

You're most likely to see a copperhead snake around these areas:
- wood pile
- low lying vegetation
- weedy areas
- perimeter areas of yards

Kelli Isenhour is the VP of Programs & Education at SciWorks Science Center in Winston-Salem. She encourages people to be more aware when they're outside during the summertime. She recommends being extra alert if you're hiking. Often snakes are under logs or in the shade of rocks. Look before you step!

"If you're out working in your yard, and you're moving debris, moving rock, lumber, anything like that, that's been there. They like to be around old sheds and dilapidated buildings,"said Isenhour.

Isenhour said most people are bitten when they try to move or kill a snake. It is always best to leave a snake alone. Usually, they will eventually leave.

WFMY News 2

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