In Florida, there are 44 snake species. State wildlife officers mentioned solely 6 of them are venomous. But one a part of the state is seeing extra bites than they’ve ever seen earlier than.
“It was just like a normal day,” shares Mone’t Robinson.
Robinson is an Amazon driver who has just lately left rehab and is now doing bodily remedy after a snake bit her whereas she was working.
“I put down the package. When I put it down, I got back up. I felt like a bee sting,” she defined of the incident.
She furthered, “But then I turned around and I saw it, and that’s when I freaked out. Like, ‘Oh-my God! It’s a snake!’”
It’s a response we will all relate to.
But the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake attack in Palm City wasn’t a typical one.
“I usually get one to two of those a year, so this year I’ve had five.”
Christopher Pecori with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Venom Response Unit mentioned this yr has been uncommon, responding to 43 bites throughout South Florida.
“Looking in the past few years, I’ve seen about 25 to 27 bites each year for the past three years prior,” he states.
But why the upper numbers?
Pecori mentioned South Florida’s primary chew perpetrator comes from cottonmouths or water moccasins. And that this explicit snake solely quantities to six% of bites in the entire nation.
But we even have a number of different venomous snakes in our state, together with the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Coral Snake, and Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake.
Pecori mentioned these populations haven’t seen a increase, however our populations have.
“The only thing I can see is that our population growth in Broward and Dade Counties is exponentially growing and moving west and south. And a lot of my bites are on the fringes of those counties,” he defined.
Pecori has additionally seen invasive species transferring to extra city areas, which is why the second mission of the venom response unit is an anti-venom financial institution. It offers life-saving therapy to victims like Robinson, who want assist in a pinch.
“These snakes don’t want to be any closer to you than you want to be to them,” shared Pecori. “If you do get bit, I try to tell everyone to take a picture safely. That would help, but that’s not imperative. The most important thing is to get treatment.”
Pecori mentioned if a snake bites you, keep calm, and ensure to get to the closest hospital, so the anti-venom will be provided.