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It's Summer, So Learn Snake Safety 101

10:29 AM, Jun 25, 2010   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- The return of the summer heat means the reemergence of some critters likely to slither through your garden or yard: snakes.

One WFMY News 2 viewer sent us a picture of a snake she found in her driveway that she thought was a copperhead. Turns out, it was just a brown snake. And to help us all get answers on which snakes in our area pose risks and what we should do around snakes when we spot them, the Natural Science Center's Rick Bolling joined The Good Morning Show crew on Friday.

Bolling says some of the most common snakes you'll spot in our area are likely the brown snake, the garter snake, the black rat snake and the king snake. None of those snakes is venomous.

You might spot a copperhead around the Piedmont. They're venomous snakes and Bolling says their bites are dangerous, but not necessarily deadly.

If you see a snake in your yard, Bolling says the best thing to do is just keep your distance, especially if you have kids. Want to avoid a snake's bite? Bolling suggests you wear shoes, stay on the pavement when possible and carry a flashlight at night when you're spending time in your lawn or garden.

Learn more about all these different snakes by clicking on the video gallery on the right-hand side of this page.

WFMY News 2

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