The annual hunting season is now underway, which means thousands of Tennesseans will be entering wooded areas all over the state. Please be mindful of your surroundings when crouching or laying, keep your hands and feet out of areas you cannot see, and don’t pick up rocks or limbs without first looking for snakes.
Snakes are common across Tennessee, and there are four venomous snakes native to the state, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency – Statewide. They are the northern & southern copperheads, timber rattlesnakes, western cottonmouths and western pigmy rattlesnakes.
The Tennessee Herpetological Society reports that most snake bites occur between the months of April and October, when the weather is warm and people are outdoors. The snake responsible for most bites? The copperhead.
The best way to prevent a snake bite is to leave snakes alone. Do not try to catch, handle or kill them. In fact, it is against the law to kill a snake in Tennessee. They’re protected species and may not be captured or killed without a permit.
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