Dangerous snakes make way to west Texas during warm months - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Dangerous snakes make way to west Texas during warm months

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

As the summer months roll in snakes will become more active and might even make their way into anyone's backyard.

"We have many types of species of snakes in the Lubbock and West Texas area," Brad Shine, of South Plains Wildlife Rehabilitation, said. "You're only going to find three of those species that are venomous and those are types of rattlesnakes."

Whether you come in contact with a venomous or non-venomous snake, it is best to keep your distance.

"Best thing to do if you see a snake is to give it its space and leave it," Shine said. "I know we have thoughts that a snake is going to come and bite me or I don't know if it's venomous or not so I'm just going to kill it. but over half the people who get bit by snakes were trying to handle it or kill it."

Over 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes annually in the United States, but most of the time the snakes will not go near a person unless they feel threatened.

"Snakes aren't really going to be aggressive," Shine said. "They are defensive and they will defend themselves, but they won't come to you and bite you."

It is always best to seek medical help for anyone who does receive a snake bite. 

"They have to physically inject their fangs and about half of the time it's a dry bite where they don't inject any venom in you," he said. "If anytime you suspect a venomous bite, the best thing is to seek immediate medical help."

As side from the pain of a snake bite, it could also leave you with blurred vision, excessive sweating, and convulsions. For a full list of symptoms and ways to prevent snakes from nesting in your home, click here.

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