Snake bites on the rise as they search for water

POSTED: Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 4:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

BRYAN -- Emergency rooms are staying busy right now and it's not just because of your typical heat-related illnesses.

This summer, St. Joseph's Regional Hospital in Bryan says they're seeing more and more snake bites.

Doctors treated more cases in May than they normally do in an entire summer.

That's because the dryer it gets, the more snakes look for water and cool places they wouldn't normally go like your car, garage, closet and even your toilet.

But snake expert, Teresa Shisk-Saling says it's important for you to stay away.

"Generally if you just leave them alone and let them move on their way they really don't want to be hanging around people too much. There as afraid of us as most folks are of them. They're just passing on and looking for food and looking for water."

She also says if you have noticed snakes around your house, try setting water bowls along the perimeter because if the water source is away from the house, the snakes won't have any need to come close.

She also says if you do get bit, go to the hospital to get checked out because everyone has different reactions.


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