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Spring is coming and so are the snakes

Source: KLTV Staff Source: KLTV Staff
EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

Spring is just around the corner, and so is the new wildlife that comes with it.

"We've got the copperhead, the cottonmouth, the various types of rattlesnakes, and we have the coral snake," said Richard Ott, the Inland Fisheries District project leader.
 
These four extremely venomous snakes are all native to East Texas, and they have woken up from their hibernation.

"In areas where you have tall grass and you can’t see very well, high-top boots are a lot of protection, and loose pants are a lot of protection,” Ott said.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department says if you are bitten by one of these snakes, the best thing you can do is head to the doctor immediately.
However, because most anti-venoms are so costly, it’s even more important to be aware of your surroundings.

"It’s very common for an antivenom to cost as much as $10,000," Ott said.

And for pet owners, veterinarians recommend you give your pets the rattlesnake vaccine as a preventative, so a snake bite becomes a lot less harmful.

"You get it once, and then you booster it, and it’s just going to lessen that effect," said Alexis animal clinic veterinarian Erica Dumeyer.

Snake experts do stress that snakes are much more afraid of you than you are of them, but the best way to avoid a possible hospital visit is to stay away from dark spaces and leaf and wood piles.

The Lone Star State is home to over 76 species of snakes, and if you include subspecies, that number jumps up to 115.

While you may be worried that there are towns in Texas with a smaller population, there is some good news; only 15 percent of those snakes are actually venomous.

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