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Snakes aren’t exactly my idea of    ‘joy of country living’  but they are a  fact of country life.   Aside from my own recent experiences with snakes, I’ve talked to several people who have also encountered snakes while working in their yards.   When I received an email from a friend this morning about the increase in snake bites across Texas  – partly due to the drought – I knew that I wanted to share the information in his email.

snakes2“Rattle Snake Hospitals across Central Texas say they’re seeing an alarming  increase in rattlesnake bites.   Hays County treated five people for the bites  in recent weeks while Travis County has reported 11 rattlesnake bites in the last  3 months.   Experts state that it is mating season, but it’s mostly the drought that’s pushing them into residential areas to find water.  

During the day, you most likely won’t find snakes in the grass, but under  rocks, porches or in drainage ditches trying to stay cool. At night, they are more  prevalent in areas with high grass, near some source of water. Rattlesnakes  won’t chase you, but if someone gets too close and the snake  feels threatened,  it will most likely strike.   

If you get bit by a rattlesnake, it can be deadly.   Experts say to call 911  immediately, try to stay calm and keep your blood circulation as slow as  possible.   The sooner the venom gets to the heart, the less chances of  survival.”

I plan on wearing boots, a heavier canvas-type glove for gardening, and when I’m working around the goldfish pond I plan on beating the ivy with a stick to scare away any snake that might be around.   The pictures will give you a general idea of  the poisionous snakes here in Texas but if you looking for more information – Google ‘Texas Snakes’ – there are a lot of good websites out there with lots of information.

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