Snake Bites On The Rise In South Georgia

By: Greg Gullberg Email
By: Greg Gullberg Email

- Valdosta, Ga. - May 18, 2012 -

Our mild Winter this year is causing snakes to be a little more daring.

Snakes love the warmer weather, and so far bites are on the rise. 120 Georgians have been treated for snake bites since January.

Andy Moseley with Animal Control in Valdosta took Eyewitness News reporter Greg Gullberg for a walk around a neighborhood to see how we can protect ourselves.

"Generally there are about 60 deaths a year from venomous snakes in Georgia," Moseley said.

Moseley showed Gullberg a crack under a concrete pad by a backdoor to a house.

"Over here we have a good little den for any kind of snake, not just venomous snakes. But around the house, vermin will grow in there. So of course, snakes are going to be there," Moseley said.

Moseley also explained how buckets can be great hiding spots as well.

With hardly a week of real winter, snake bite calls are on the rise. In the mornings they like it where it's warm.

But Moseley says that during the evening, "They're going to be bedded down somewhere cool. Logs, tires, underneath your car."

He says to be careful around ditches and standing water. And nearby woods can provide a whole snake habitat. Logs and holes in the ground can be excellent hiding spots for snakes.

It's important to remember that if you see a venomous snake to call Animal Control. But if you are bitten by one to call 911.

And if you think about killing snakes before they can bite you, you could land yourself behind bars.

"According to Georgia state law it is a year in prison and a thousand dollar fine to kill a non-venomous snake," Moseley told Gullberg.

Even these creepy critters are a valued member of our Eco-System.

A sign that a snake is venomous is if it has a triangular shaped head.
That's because the sacks that store the venom are in their skull.

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  • by Robert Location: Jasper FL on Jun 8, 2012 at 08:04 PM
    This guy Andy is a joke! 60 deaths in GA a year????????? There are on average less then 12 deaths per year in the whole united states from snake bites!!!!!! Where is this guy getting his info??? And he is in charge of what!??!?!!M?M
  • by Liz dragonfly Location: Valdosta on May 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    He wasnt just sone guy that filled out an application, he has over 4 years experience working with all animals in a vets office. At least he took time out of his busy schedule to do this interview. I got your back Andy.
  • by Sarah Location: Quitman on May 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
    Really, call the Lowndes Co. Animal Shelter if you see a poisonous snake? Of all people, he should know just how busy they are. He should know they don't have time to be running to someone's house if they SEE a snake. Many snakes- regardless of if they are poisonous or not- will mosey on. Keep your pets/kids inside. And just be AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. Mr. Mosley sounds like a know-it-all...
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      by Anonymous on May 23, 2012 at 09:51 PM in reply to Sarah
      Saw an article in the Monticello News -- someone connected to a local vet clinic was opining that you should take your dog to the vet even if you know the snake is non-venomous -- "might get infected...". *Snicker*
  • by Priorities Location: Georgia on May 21, 2012 at 08:09 AM
    60 deaths per year does sound high, maybe 60 bites per year with few deaths looking at the national stats. We probabaly would have all been better off going to the gym instead of reading this article when you look at the heart attack deaths and obesity rate in Georgia.
  • by Michael Location: Florida on May 21, 2012 at 12:42 AM
    I was certainly not aware of the fact that killing a non-venomous snakes can send a person in jail. But it is really difficult for a normal person who is not a snake expert to know whether the snake in from of him/her a venomous snake or a non-venomous snake. Here I would like to share a website ( that should be helpful for all people to know about all the top venomous snakes from all over the world.
  • by Secesh on May 20, 2012 at 09:37 AM
    How many of the 10 odd annual snake bites are Rattlesnake ranglers??? I'd worry more about a tree falling , or a lightning strike, or......
  • by slide foot on May 20, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    if a snake come on my grounds i'am going to shoot it i'snt that what stand your grounds mean?
  • by Old Timer Location: Wakulla on May 20, 2012 at 04:46 AM
    More Media hype to get people to read their trash.
  • by Anonymous on May 19, 2012 at 08:40 PM
    What about those snakes in the white house and congress???
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      by Answer on May 20, 2012 at 04:56 AM in reply to
      Legged snakes (and 2 legged dogs) are very different species. Articles about them credit them w/ creating and using big weapons like bombs, destroying civilizations, overpopulating earth, etc. It is very rare for animals to aggress for sport.
  • by Pete the snake man on May 19, 2012 at 08:39 PM
    The death rate is way off. The national average in the US for deaths related to snake bites is closer to 5 to 8 annually. Do the research. more stupid hype.
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