In 2012, Houston’s regional poison center had 235 reports of snake bites, including 148 from known venomous snakes, according to a medical toxicologist at Baylor College of Medicine. “I am sure many more are going unreported,” said Dr. Spencer Greene.
“Many people don’t realize how much of an issue snake bites are in this area of the country,” said Greene. He warns that warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, and it’s important to know what to do after a snake bite.
According to Greene, the first step is avoidance. “Never reach into a hole or a bush blindly, a snake may be resting there,” he said. “It is also important to maintain an appropriate distance from a snake. Most pit vipers, which include rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins, can strike at a target up to two-thirds of their body length when provoked.”