GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) – As the temperature level heats up, snakes will quickly be identified throughout the Upstate.
FOX Carolina spoke to Mallory Maher with Clemson University’s Oconee County 4H Youth Development to learn how South Carolinians can remain safe this snake season.
How to discriminate in between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes?
Maher says venomous snakes have a brief stocky body, triangular head and cat-like eyes, while non-venomous snakes have a long, slim body, narrow shaped head and regular eyes like people.
There are 38 types of snakes that reside in South Carolina, however Maher said you are probably to come in contact with them when you are gardening.
“So, the biggest thing that I always tell people is to remove their habitat,” said Maher. “So by creating kind of like wood piles and brush piles that is attracting things like rodents and insects, which are the snakes food source, they [snakes] are more likely to come into that area.”
What to do if you are bitten by a snake?
The very first thing Maher recommends is to take a picture of the snake and determine it, however it is likewise crucial to be conscious of where you are stepping to prevent troubling any snakes.
“They don’t want to bother you,” said Maher. They have all these things like camouflage and rattlesnakes have a rattle to alert you to keep away.”
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