Travel News September 02, 2019
Venomous Snakebites Have Hit An All-Time High In Texas This Year
Most Texans have seen a few snakes throughout their lifetime, but venomous species are being spotted in record numbers this year. Rapid urbanization and unprecedented rainfall are bringing these deadly serpents out of the woodwork at a rate that has never been seen before.
Southern copperheads are by far the most prevalent venomous snake in Texas.
The reptiles are light brown with dark bands and can be found in heavily wooded areas.
Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and coral snakes are among the other venomous reptiles found in Texas.
So far this year, 12 children have been treated in Dallas for venomous snakebites, already five more than summer 2018
Precipitation often correlates with increased snake activity for reasons scientists do not fully understand, but one possible factor could be that it disturbs their habitats.
Last winter's unprecedented rainfall, attributed in part to climate change, may also be contributing to the phenomenon.
Rapid expansion has also been implicated as a probable cause.
Areas that were once farmland are now suburbs of large cities, and snakes are being forced out of their homes.
Luckily, snakebites are rarely fatal. Allergic reactions pose the greatest risk, as they can lead to anaphylactic shock.
Nevertheless, you should always seek medical care immediately if you have been bitten.
In the event of a snakebite, keep the victim as calm as possible and watch for symptoms of shock.
Wash the bite area with disinfectant soap, remove any restrictive clothing or jewelry, and prevent movement of the afflicted limb while awaiting medical attention.
Under no circumstance should you apply a tourniquet or electric shock, cut between the punctures, or attempt to suck the venom out.
Prevention is paramount to avoid snakebites.
Always wear thick boots when hiking, keep lawn areas well-manicured, and remove anything that could attract snakes, such as rodents.
Visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife
website to learn more.
Have you spotted any venomous snakes in Texas this summer? If so, what species were they? Let us know about any experiences you’ve had, and check out our previous article for another creepy crawler that’s been rearing its ugly head:
Giant Tarantulas Are Invading Texas By The Thousands This Summer.