CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - There's a new warning for anyone who uses the Little Sugar Creek Greenway in Mecklenburg County after a 13-year-old girl is recovering from a copperhead bite.
It happened Wednesday evening in the Huntingtowne Farms Neighborhood.
Neighbors tells FOX 46 Charlotte this is the second time in less than a year someone in the neighborhood has suffered a copperhead bite. The 13-year-old was reportedly picking up a rock when the copperhead bit her.
"It's scary. I posted on NextDoor don't pick up anything, don't reach down, don't let the kids off the path,' said neighbor, Lisa Romanoff.
Romanoff knows all to well the dangers lurking near the creek. She suffered a bite last October from a copperhead on her porch.
"It is very painful. Very painful to be bitten," said Romanoff.
Neighbors say this year they've been seeing more of the snake with the venomous bite. They believe recent construction along the trail has disturbed copperhead nests.
"So they are coming up to visit us cause they don't have any other place to go. Almost every neighbor I have, has seen quite a few especially if you live on the creek side," said Romanoff.
That's exactly where the 13-year-old girl was after the snake bit her. Family says she was given anti-venom and is expected to make a full recovery.
Neighbors hope signs are put up in that area along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway to warn others about the copperhead danger.