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  • Published on Jul 30, 2015
    Dangerous Snakes in Georgia

    Top Camping Dangers in Georgia

    There are many safety precautions to keep in mind while camping.  From weather safety, to personal safety, to wildlife safety; there is a lot to look out for while camping to ensure you have the best experience possible. 

    In the “Peach State”, otherwise known as Georgia, one of the dangers to watch out for is wildlife, specifically snakes.  Because of the diverse terrain and climate, Georgia has an abundance of wild snakes in its population.  Some are deadly and some just deliver a nasty bite. Nonetheless, you should be aware of your surroundings and know what to do when you encounter these slithering creatures.  Below are a list of the top snakes that inhabit the great state and what to watch out for.

    • Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake- This is the largest venomous snake in America and it happens to be widely populated in Georgia.  Measuring up to 8 feet long with a strike distance of one-third of their body length, this rattlesnake can deliver one hell of a deadly bite and is the top one to watch out for.  These snakes are highly aggressive and irritable and will strike if they are disturbed.  They mostly hang out in dry pine wooded areas and coastal habitats.  They are predominant in the southern and eastern parts of Georgia, and if you are bitten seek emergency help immediately.
       
    • Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin- Located in the southern and middle parts of Georgia, the cottonmouth are part of the Viper family.  It thrives around water and swampy areas, which are abundant in the middle part of the state.  The venom from a bite will dissolve the skin tissue around the wound, break down the blood cells and will eventually kill someone who has been bitten. 
       
    • Coral Snake- Mostly populated in the southern part of the state, the Coral snake is not as aggressive as the previous two.  They are typically shy and tend to stay away from populated areas.  When they bite, it is slow and they really only get aggressive if they are handled.  Their coloration makes them stand out from the other species of snake with their bright yellow, red and black bands on the body.  Although they only deliver a small amount of venom into their victim with each bite, you should still seek medical attention as quickly as possible to obtain an anti-venom serum.
    • Copperhead- The copperhead can be found all over the state.  They mostly live among wooded forest areas and are highly recognizable by their copper/red heads.  Although their bite is not typically fatal to an adult, less than 1%, they can still be aggressive if provoked.
    • Timber Rattlesnake- Just like the copperhead, they can be found all over Georgia.  They mostly inhabit wooded and rocky areas, so state parks are a sweet spot for them.  Timber rattlesnakes have black or brown stripes on either a yellow, brown or grey body.  Because of their different color variations they can be easily mistake for another type of rattlesnake.  Their bites can be deadly if left untreated but, timber rattlesnakes will not usually strike right away.  They tend to be cautious and will try to slither away before becoming aggressive.
       
    • Pigmy rattlesnake- Again, found all over the state, these rattlesnakes are much smaller than the average snake, but they are still venomous creatures.  Coloring is usually a grayish blue color with red or black markings on the back.  Because of their grayish color they blend into rocky areas well and are sometimes not detected until it’s too late.  The pigmy rattlesnake is most active at night and will usually sunbath on a rock during the day.  They can be aggressive towards humans and will deliver a series of small bites into their prey, releasing a small amount of venom each time.  Although their venom is not as powerful as that of the eastern diamondback, bites still need to be treated quickly.

    The best thing to do to prevent a snake bite is just always be aware of your surroundings.  If you are hiking through the woods, be sure to look where you are walking or stepping, and listen for any sounds of warning.  If you encounter a snake in your path, try to back away slowly and not make any sudden movements that might pose as a threat to a snake.  If you are bitten, call for help immediately and always, always make sure to look at the colors, markings, and size of the snake that you encountered. This will help the medical responders identify what type of snake may have bitten you so they can provide you with the correct antivenom to save your life.  

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