People planning for outside work should be vigilant
People living in North Carolina should be vigilant for the venomous copperhead snake if they’re planning to do outside yard work, officials say. The medical director for the North Carolina Poision Control has stated that they’ve had close to 100 calls this year alone for snake bites. Out of those 100 calls, it is believed that 88 were venomous snakes. According to poison control, the most common way you’ll encounter a snake is by doing normal activities around your home.
In other snake related news, a group of eastern indigo snakes recently hatched at the North Carolina Zoo. This species of snake is considered endangered and usually is found in Florida and Georgia. These non-venomous reptiles can grow up to eight feet long, making them the longest snakes in North America.
Planning yard work? Watch out for copperheads
Make sure you’re protecting yourself from North Carolina’s most common venomous snake, the copperhead.
Dr. Michael Buehler, is Medical Director of the North Carolina Poison Control. This year Poison Control had close to one hundred calls for snake bites across all of Mecklenburg County. Of those, Dr. Buehler thinks, eighty-eight were potentially venomous. He says the most common way to encounter a copperhead is doing daily activities around your home.
“It’s not hiking, it’s not doing something exotic. It is people getting bitten doing gardening or walking around at their yard at night and can’t see. People are reaching where they can’t see. They didn’t see a snake there, that’s probably the most common scenario we see,” Buehler said of snake bites.
Summary: Residents of North Carolina should be vigilant if planning to yard work at any time. Copperheads, an extremely venomous snake, are abundant in the state and are oftentimes are encountered during normal daily activities around your home.
Watch curious baby snake leave egg in NC
Eggs resting in a North Carolina enclosure start to jiggle, offering the first sign of what’s to come.
Slowly, a few baby snakes start to break through the shells while remaining comfortably inside, video shows.
One curious reptile even peeks out before retreating back into its egg, according to a post on the North Carolina Zoo’s Facebook page.
A brave snake decides to emerge from its egg, taking some time to fully unfurl, footage shows.
Summary: A group of eastern indigo snakes recently hatched at the North Carolina Zoo. The non-venomous snakes are considered an endangered species and can grow up to 8 feet long, making them the longest snake in North America.