Snakes Pile on Trouble Amid Florence Flooding Fears

Reptiles pose an ongoing threat as waters displace them from their normal habitats…

Snakes Pile on Trouble Amid Florence Flooding Fears

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(Tyler Fleming, The Sun News – Myrtle Beach, S.C.) As East-Coasters prep for what has been called the storm of a lifetime, stocking up on flashlights, canned goods and bottled water, they may want to remember the antivenom too.

Snakes are not the biggest threat during Hurricane Florence, but they will be out there.

As was the case with Houston during Hurricane Harvey, the flooding and weather may displace some animals, including creepy or dangerous reptiles, into more urban environments.

Along with issues like mold, respiratory ailments, bacterial damage and floodwaters, the influx of wildlife is, in fact, one of the many forgotten dangers, even after the winds have subsided.

Thad Bowman with Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, S.C., said that the flooding following Florence will stem from snake habitats along water ways, potentially bringing them into new environments.

He said people should not be out during the storm, but if you are bit by a snake, get to a hospital as soon as possible, as there is little you can do on your own to survive a snake bite.

Although many officials discourage calling 911 for non-crisis situations during a hurricane, a snake bite is one emergency worth calling for.

The Mid-Atlantic region most affected by the storm is home to many dangerous snakes, most commonly the cottonmouth and the copperhead snake. These bites are treatable by medical professionals, and people bit should seek help as soon as possibly.

“They inject venom, which causes tissue destruction, platelet loss, causes bleeding, it can cause death,” Gerald O’Malley with Grand Strand Hospital said back in July.

An easy way to avoid snakes? Stay indoors until it is deemed safe by public safety officials.

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