Snakes are one of the most feared crawling animals because of its poisonous venom. In the United States, poisonous bites from spiders, snakes, bees and scorpions are rare causes of death. However, bites from certain poisonous snakes can lead cause death. They can also cause infections, attack the nervous system and interfere with the functioning of body organs. The cases of snake bites are on the rise across the country. Bites are being reported statewide especially at coastal regions. Snakes professionals have also indicated that the snake bite season is expected to be longer. Despite many reports on snake bites, people have reported that the have not seen any snakes than usual. Changes in weather conditions seem to be the main reason.
The number of bites reported this year closely match last years figure statewide. By the start of may, there have been 70 cases of snake bites in North Carolina. This is three times the number of snake bites reported in 2016. There were six bites reported in two weeks.
Population and Habitat
There are many venomous snakes found in the Low country. These include copperheads, rattlers, and cottonmouths. Rattlers are composed of the pygmy, canebrake, and eastern diamondback. Another exceptional species is the deadly eastern coral snake, but there are few in the country. You will walk away with a bite in swampy and relatively warm Lowcountry. Here, snakes are usually in abundance all year around. You will run on them almost everywhere. This is a region of ambush, slithering predators who lie in wait. They are usually camouflaged making it hard to spot them.
Copperheads are very effective with the ability to inflict nine in every ten bites. These species are more likely to be found in populated years. In South, Carolina bites are tracked by area codes by South Carolina Poisons Center. The 864 Upstate and 803 Midlands regions have both reported at least nine bites.