What To Do If You Encounter a Snake

Don’t get rattled. Here’s how to stay safe around snakes
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Are you s-s-s-safe?

The summer heat coaxes snakes out of hibernation, so it’s important to know the difference between a harmless snake that can merely scare you to death and a poisonous one that can actually bite you to death. Venomous snakes lurk everywhere in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7,000 to 8,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes each year. Even so, snakes generally don’t prey on humans. They’re mostly active at night and attack only when surprised or cornered. If you encounter one in your home or while out and about, here’s what to do.

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