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Warmer Weather Brings Out More Coastal Bend Snakes

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - As temperatures begin to warm up, some experts are sending out a warning -- beware of snakes.

It was just this past weekend when a family celebrating Easter came across a diamondback rattlesnake in their yard as the kids were hunting for Easter eggs. It happened in the 6300 block of Alexis Drive, in the Cimarron and Yorktown area.

Luckily, no one was bitten.

Kiii News Reporter Bill Churchwell went Live with a look at what you should do if you come across a venomous snake.

You might be surprised, but you don't have to live out in the country to have one of those close encounters. You could have that problem if you live near a field.

"The first thing they will try to do is defend themselves, so if you back away and let them calm down, they will move away," said Jesse Gilbert of the Texas State Aquarium. "They don't want to be there."

Gilbert said there are two types of venomous snakes that you want to be aware of in the Coastal Bend -- the diamondback rattlesnake and the coral snake, which is easy to distinguish by its red and yellow stripes.

Just remember the rhyme -- "red and yellow, kill a fellow."

Gilbert said the warmer temperatures make those snakes more active.

"With a lot of construction happening in the Corpus area, as we disturb the earth, they start to move," Gilbert said. "You do need to be aware of them. Our rule is just to leave them alone. They will move on. They don't want to be anywhere close to you."

So what do you do if you are bitten by a snake? Get to the emergency room right away. Doctors say you should not try to treat it yourself -- don't wrap it in a tourniquet or try to suck out the venom. They say you will end up causing more damage.

Experts say snakes are not always bad to have around. They actually eat a lot of rodents.
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