April showers don’t only bring May flowers—snakes come out of hibernation in the Spring. They are most active between the months of April and October. There are seven types of venomous snakes that inhabit the state of Georgia: the Timber Rattlesnake, Pygmy Rattlesnake, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Copperhead (pictured to the left), Cottonmouth, and Coral Snake. Though each snake has its own identifying features, venomous snakes have common physical features; the easiest to identify are their triangular shaped heads and elliptical shaped pupils. Many of these snakes’ colorings camouflage them well with their surroundings, which could lead to an accidental encounter and potential snakebite. If you are bitten by a snake, quickly get to safety and seek medical attention immediately. Do NOT try to suck the venom out of the bite wound, apply a tourniquet, or bring the snake to the hospital with you! The Georgia Poison Center will work with your emergency department provider to determine the treatment you may need.
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