Georgia's 6 Venomous Snakes Identified

posted by Beth Walters - 

 The gallery below includes photos and descriptions off the six venomous snakes that are found in Georgia. All except the Eastern Coral Snakes are pit vipers. Be sure to glance over the list of safety measures below the gallery. 

According to the CDC, If you see a snake in your home, you should immediately call the animal control agency in your county. Be aware of snakes that may be swimming in the water or hiding under debris or other objects. If you or someone you know are bitten, try to see and remember the color and shape of the snake. Do not pick up a snake or try to trap it. After a natural disaster, snakes may have been forced from their natural habitats and move into areas where they would not normally be seen or expected. When you return to your home, be cautious of snakes that may have sought shelter in your home. 


How to Prevent Snake Bites

- Be aware of snakes that may be swimming in the water to get to higher ground and those that may be hiding under debris or other objects.

- If you see a snake, back away from it slowly and do not touch it.


Signs of Snake Bites

Depending on the type of snake, the signs and symptoms may include:

-A pair of puncture marks at the wound

- Redness and swelling around the bite

- Severe pain at the site of the bite

- Nausea and vomiting

- Labored breathing (in extreme cases, breathing may stop altogether)

- Disturbed vision

- Increased salivation and sweating

-Numbness or tingling around your face and/or limbs


WHAT TO DO IF BITTEN

- If you or someone you know are bitten, try to see and remember the color and shape of the snake. Knowing the species can help with treatment of the snake bite

- Keep the bitten person still and calm. This can slow down the spread of venom if the snake is poisonous

- Seek medical attention as soon as possible

- Dial 911 or call local Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

- Lay or sit the person down with the bite below the level of the heart

- Cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing


WHAT NOT TO DO IF BITTEN

- Do not pick up the snake or try to trap it. This may put you or someone else at risk for a bite.

- Do not apply a tourniquet.

- Do not slash the wound with a knife.

- Do not suck out the venom.

- Do not apply ice or immerse the wound in water.

- Do not drink alcohol as a painkiller.

- Do not drink caffeinated beverages.

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