Oklahoma is home to about 46 species of snakes, including seven that are venomous to humans.
Five species of rattlesnakes, one type of water moccasins (Cottonmouths) and one species of copperhead can be found across Oklahoma. As the weather warms up, snakes are likely to be more active. Copperheads are the most common cause of snake bites in Oklahoma.
It’s generally recommended that you seek emergency care after a snake bite. Snake bites, especially in children, can be deadly if not treated.
The severity of a snake bite will range, depending on the type of snake, the size of the snake and also the snake’s intent. Sometimes when a snake bites, it’s a warning, and it won’t use much venom. The snake can decide how much venom it will inject.
Not everyone gets treated for a snake bite. For example, some people who are bitten by a copperhead aren’t treated because the snake’s venom isn’t as potent as other snakes. However, it’s generally best to go to the emergency room after suffering a snake bite.
On your way to the hospital, remove any jewelry. Do not apply a cold compress, ice or a tourniquet. Also, don’t take any pain medication unless a doctor has instructed you to do so. You can also call the National Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.