CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - As the coastal regions of the Carolinas deal with flooding from Hurricane Florence, officials have clearly communicated the many dangers associated with rising water.
Wildlife experts are adding their own warning for residents across the Carolinas: Venomous snakes, pushed from their underground nests, could be just under the water’s surface.
Snake expert Thad Bowman, from Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina told mymyrtlebeachonline.com there is little you can do to survive a snake bite without medical attention, so consider a bite from a venomous snake a 911-worthy emergency.
Bowman added The best advice, Bowman said, was to stay out of the storm and stay away from rising water.
There are 37 species of snakes in North Carolina, but only five venomous snakes – cottonmouths, copperheads, eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, pigmy rattlesnakes, and timber rattlesnakes - cause the majority of snakebite poisonings, according to the North Carolina Poison Center.