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UHC Urges People to Use Caution with Snakes when Spending Time Outdoors

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It’s that time of year when a lot of people spend time outside. Whether it’s hiking or camping, the region has some of the loveliest places to enjoy nature.

Unfortunately, this is also that time of year when the snakes are out, and sometimes they can even possibly bite.

Local hospitals said that they don’t see bites too often, but its still important to keep safety in mind.

“The first thing is to remain calm.  If you can try to remember the markings of the snake to help us identify it.  We don’t advise trying to kill the snake  bring it in. Wash the wound gently with soap and water and limit activity so if it is an extremity, like your hand, arm or legs, apply a splint,” said John Barkus from UHC Emergency Department.

Barkus said the two most common types of poisonous snakes in West Virginia are the Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake