West Virginia Poison Center Warns the Public of Snake Bites

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Summer activities means spending more time outdoors, but that also puts you at risk of coming in contact with dangerous animals.

The West Virginia Poison Center warns people of the danger of snake bites.

If bitten, you should call 9-1-1 and seek medical attention immediately.

Only the rattlesnake and copperhead snake are venomous, but experts said people shouldn’t get close enough to identify them.

“A lot of people don’t realize that sometimes snakes have reflexes so even after they’ve been killed, they often have enough reflex to strike and to bite you again, so don’t try in any way to capture the snake or bring it in with you to identify it,” Carissa McBurney, West Virginia Poison Center.

Homeowners should also keep grasses low and avoid stacking piles of wood where snakes can hide. 

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