Water Moccasin Snake Bite

Another snake bite victim heads to the hospital today, and officials are reminding residents to be careful because of the large number of snakes this spring. It's not known yet if the latest victim was bitten by a venomous snake, because they apparently never found it.

The boy was bitten around 10 a.m. this morning at Henrietta City park.

It was reported to have been a poisonous water mocassin, but deputies cold not confirm that.

No information was available on the boys condition.

As the weather heats up Sheriff Kenny Lemons of Clay County says you should stay on walks and trails and stay out of high grass and brush.

"Anytime you are out in any kind of outdoor environment you want to kind of watch where you are going, watch where you are walking, try not to be by yourself you know, like long walks through the woods so to speak, always try to be with somebody, just be cautious of your surroundings," he said.

Its important to note there are dozens of water snakes similar to venomous water mocassins, but the poisonous mocassin has the triangular shaped head all pit vipers have.

Two to three people die from snake bites each year, far fewer than the number of people who die from insects bites.

If you do get bitten remember the best thing you can do is stay calm, call 9-1-1 and let the first responders take care of the wound.

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