Snakes are most active in the spring, early summer and fall. Most snakebites occur between April and October, when weather is warm and outdoor activities are popular.
Although most snakes are not poisonous, there are several kinds of snakes in the United States that are poisonous. These include rattlesnakes, water moccasins (also called cottonmouths), copperheads and coral snakes. Here are some things you can do to reduce your risk of snakebite:
You may not always know you were bitten by a snake, especially if you were bitten in water or tall grass. Signs and symptoms of a snakebite may include the following:
A bite from a poisonous snake is a medical emergency. If you or someone else gets bitten by a snake, get help immediately.
Venomous Snakebites in the United States: Management Review and Update by G Juckett, M.D., M.P.H, and JG Hancox, M.D. (American Family Physician April 01, 2002, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20020401/1367.html)
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