North Carolina leads country in snake bites with Wake County having the most in the state. Summer is a time to be especially wary of snakes. “This is typically the time of year when baby copperheads are born,” snake expert, Dr. Benjamin German, “The population experiences a sudden increase that causes more bites.”
More people are out hiking and being outdoors in the mornings and evenings. Unfortunately, this is also the busiest time for snake activity.
Duke University Hospital has treated more than 20 bites this summer–some extremely serious already this year. Last year, 92 people were bitten by venomous snakes in North Carolina in May. On average, 85 people are bitten by snakes in the month of May, according to North Carolina Poison Control.
Pets are also vulnerable to snake bites
“I think the most important thing is just keeping your dogs close to you at all times. Keep them on that shorter leash. Keep an eye out on the trail. Always be scanning the trail, especially the sides of the trail,” said Dr. Rachel Moyle with Veterinary Specialty Hospital of the Carolinas.
If you or someone you know is bitten by a venomous snake in North Carolina contact the Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 or call the National Capital Poison Center switchboard at 1-800-222-1222.