Resident: Beware of snakes while moving plants indoors

Mount Pleasant resident David Daniels was startled in July when he found a water moccasin in his water meter box. At the time, Daniels wanted to warn Mount Pleasant residents of a rise in snakebites due to the short and mild winter Titus County experienced in 2016-2017.

Texas and Florida have the highest number of snakebites in people 18 and under, according to a study released in late 2016 and published on AOL. Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and West Virginia follow.

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, approximately 7,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States each year.

One out of every 500 venomous snakebites result in death.

Daniels wants to warn Titus County residents again to beware of snakes when moving plants indoors as temperatures begin to drop. He was recently moving plants inside when he spotted what he thought to be an earthworm.

The “earthworm” had fallen out of a hanging basket, and as Daniels reached down in an attempt to place the worm back in the dirt, he realized it was in fact a snake.

“I have a four-year-old and a six-year-old and a worm for fish bait is exactly what they would’ve been thinking,” said Daniels. “It was definitely a venomous snake and appears to be a copperhead. That is after store-bought chemicals called Snake Away, and sulfur pellets.

“Many people are moving plants around for winter. I had moved over 20 plants when I noticed the snake crawling across the garage. For a second I thought it was a worm, in which case I was going to pick it up and put it back in the dirt. I realized quickly his reaction wasn’t of a worm. “Beware to all those that are putting plants inside.” In an average year, one to two people die in Texas from snakebites. The good news is that roughly half of all snakebites are “dry” — meaning they do not inject venom into the victim. If you encounter a venomous snake in northeast Texas, it will likely be a run-in with a snake common to the area such as the cottonmouth, copperhead or rattlesnake. Copperhead and water moccasin sightings surged in the spring of 2017.

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