As if the talk about the historic drought and heat was not concerning enough, the combination of the two is causing an increase in snake bites.
Medical officials with the University Medical Center Brackenridge said the number of patients treated for snake bites is up 14 percent this year.
Since May of 2010, three people have died as a result snake bites. That’s much higher than the average of less than one per year.
Also, the Dell Children’s Medical Center says the number of children treated for venomous bites or stings has climbed 46 percent.
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials offered tips to protect yourself from a potentially deadly bite.
“Wearing gloves anytime you have to move rocks or lumber, or any other cover, or any other materials that could be used as cover. Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes or boots any time you’re walking off trail. That’s quite important as well,” Kelly Bender with Texas Parks and Wildlife said.
Local experts say wildlife sightings are becoming more common in urban areas. They say the animals’ desperation for water is overcoming their instinct to hide.