Venomous snakes arrive in the area for warmer weather

Timber Rattlesnake, a venomous snake. (Source: Mark Krist)
Timber Rattlesnake, a venomous snake. (Source: Mark Krist)

(WTVM) - "I thought I was going to die.." Sandy Greene said she was camping near a lake in Columbus when she was 14 years old. Greene walked outside the front door of the cabin they were staying in and got into an accidental encounter with a snake.

"It was coming through the crack in the door," said Greene. "I felt something and I thought it was the screen on the door that had scratched me. I looked down and that's when I saw the snake," said Greene

A timber rattlesnake to be exact.

"I started screaming and before I knew it they had me in a car going to St. Francis," said Greene recalling the moments after she was bitten. "At that point, I wasn't sick yet, but my foot was already swelling."

Watch as our Chandler Morgan gets bitten by a snake:

Carolinas Poison Center gives these tips if you believe you have been bitten by a snake:

  • Stay calm

  • Call 911

  • Try to identify the snake by sight only

  • Look for color, markings, and head shape

  • Do not try to kill the snake; it could bite again

  • Keep the patient calm and immobile (preferably lying down)

  • Keep the affected limb at an even level with the rest of the body

  • Do not use a tourniquet

  • Do not cut the wound

  • Do not try to suck out the venom

  • Do not pack the wound in ice

Snake educator and owner of One Stop Pet Shop in Phenix City Jonathan Lee said there are six venomous snakes you can find in the area.

He has five of the most common you'll find in the Chattahoochee Valley in his shop, for educational purposes.

All six venomous snakes you can find in the area are:

  • Copperhead

  • Cottonmouth

  • Timber rattlesnake

  • Pigmy rattlesnake

  • Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

  • Eastern coral snake

Medical officials say if you're not aware of your surroundings you can cross paths with one easily around this time of the year especially during high times of severe weather.

If you do encounter a snake, Chief of Ellerslie Fire Department Skip Wyatt says to leave it be.

"Don't mess with it," said Wyatt. "Just leave it alone."

If you do encounter a venomous snake, be cautious around newly hatched snakes, as experts explain baby snakes are often more dangerous and quick to bite for a self-defense and pack a more potent bite.

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