July 2, 2013

Copperhead alert

Copperhead sightings have increased in the Williamsburg area (in Governor's Land) in the last few weeks. Perhaps the incessant rains have driven them to seek higher ground. But they have found it on pool decks, streets and walking trails.

Copperheads are venomous and nothing to laugh about. Their bites are painful and sometimes even fatal, especially to small pets. One local woman who was bitten in late May is still on crutches. Their venom causes local tissue destruction and secondary infection may set in. So get immediate medical attention if you are bitten.

Be wary when outdoors and avoid these snakes. In general, copperheads give no warning such as rattlesnakes and cottonmouths do. They simply strike out when threatened. If given the opportunity, they will try to escape.