Spring Serpents in Austin: Stay Safe and Snake Savvy
As the warm breezes of spring arrive in Austin, Texas, residents eagerly anticipate picnics, blooming bluebonnets, and the emergence of slithering residents.
I've previously written about how snakes in Texas are SO PLENTIFUL you don't even need a license to hunt them.
Well, KXAN now reports that snakes are leaving brumation, a state similar to hibernation, and becoming increasingly active in the pleasant spring weather.
Austin's inhabitants must stay vigilant, as St. David's South Austin Medical Center has noted a recent uptick in snake bites.
According to Hope Carr from the Austin Zoo, these ectothermic animals have been conserving energy and maintaining warmth during winter. As spring unfolds, snakes set out in search of sustenance and mates.
With temperatures rising, snakes are most active in late mornings or cooler periods such as early mornings and late evenings.
While planning those idyllic family photos among bluebonnets, Austinites should remain aware of their environment to avoid unexpected encounters with snakes.
Payton Bowyer from St. David's South Austin Medical Center advises that staying calm during a snake encounter is essential. A low heart rate reduces the spread of venom throughout the body, increasing survival chances.
Remember, snakes are likely more frightened of you than you are of them.
KVUE did a report in 2021 about the 4 snakes you SHOULD BEWARE.
While some snakes in the Austin region, like Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Coral Snakes, Copperheads, and Cottonmouths, are venomous, not all pose a danger.
Non-venomous rat snakes act as natural pest controllers, managing rodent populations. When encountering a snake, appreciate its ecological role from a safe distance.
If you come across a venomous snake, retreat slowly, remembering the saying, "If it's venomous, it's not your friend-ous." Symptoms of a snake bite may include dizziness, nausea, vision loss, swelling, redness, and burning pain. https://www.webmd.com/first-aid/snakebite
Most major Austin hospitals stock anti-venom, making snake bites highly treatable if attended to promptly.
As you savor Austin's picturesque spring, remain watchful for slithering companions and understand that they, too, aim to relish this season of love and bluebonnets.
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