Most snakes you encounter are harmless, with only a few species of venomous snakes in Georgia. In fact, most snake bites occur when the snake is accidentally handled or touched when walking or climbing. Although most snakes aren’t aggressive and will flee rather than attack, it is still important to be safe when spending time outdoors. Here are some snake safety tips you can use this snake season.
- Walk with a buddy when possible, especially if you’re walking near woods and water sources.
- Don’t step or stick your hands into areas where you can’t see.
- When in the woods, wear closed-toe shoes, preferably over the ankle boots, thick socks, and long, loose-fitting pants.
- Carry a walking stick with you and tap ahead of you while walking into areas where you can’t see.
- Step onto rocks and logs vs over them in case a snake is using them for shelter.
- Avoid walking through dense brush.
- Avoid walking at night, if possible. If you must, carry a flashlight with you.
- Don’t pick up a snake, even if it’s dead. Reflexes can make a snake strike for up to an hour after it dies.
- If you come up on a snake, give it the right of way and slowly move out of its way.
- Educate yourself. Learn the difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes in your area and how to identify them.
Keeping yourself and your family safe from snakes while spending time outdoors is very important. If you have a problem with snakes or other wildlife, contact your local pest control company for assistance.