By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Snakes certainly don’t win any popularity contests in the animal kingdom, but as the weather warms up, prepare to see a lot more of them.
Springtime has snakes slithering out of their holes, and as you spend more time outside, you may just happen upon one. According to Floyd County DNR Biologist David Gregory, the only ones you really have to worry about in this area are the Timber Rattlesnakes
, which are both venomous. And, if one of these snakes slithers over, Gregory says it’s best to just leave it be.
“As far as snakes in Georgia, they definitely play an important role in our ecosystem. Some people have the idea that any snake should be a dead snake,” Gregory says. “Most folks who are bitten by snakes are bitten on the hand, which tends to indicate they’re messing with them. So, obviously if you see a snake out there, just leave it alone. Respect it, and it will respect you.”
If you’re bitten---and even if you know the snake isn’t venomous--Gregory says to seek medical attention immediately.