Quantcast

Arklatex In Depth: Snakes - KTBS.com - Shreveport, LA News, Weather and Sports

Arklatex In Depth: Snakes

Posted: Updated:

The the temperatures have turned cooler and that will be a natural draw for people to get outdoors and enjoy the fall weather. But watch your step as snakes native to the Ark La Tex may pose as hazard.

Dr. Mark Ryan Director of The Louisiana Poison Control Center reminds everyone "1 800 222 1222. We are here 24 hours a day. We have clinical and medical toxicologists. We deal with about two hundred and fifty snakes bites a year so we know a lot about them."

It's a phone number and advice that just may save your life. If you love the outdoors and you want to be outdoors you may encounter snakes.

Dr. Tom Arnold of University Health Emergency Services give a rundown of venomous snakes to watch out for "The copperhead, the water moccasin, and we have two types of rattlesnakes the canebrake and the pygmy rattler and those are the ones we most commonly see and they will be present around our homes and in the forests and the woods until it gets well into the wintertime"

Most people are very afraid of snakes and for good reason but they are a part of our eco system and now that fall has begun and the weather is cooling off he wants to dispel the myth that snakes just simply go away for winter and just hibernate

Dr. Arnold states "They don't actually hibernate for long periods of time. If it warms up to 75 degrees in December they will come out."

Ricky Kilpatrick is an Agriculture Agent with the LSU Ag Center "A few years ago I almost got bit by a rattlesnake in December. A lot of time when it turns off cold and we have a little warm spell they will really be out more than when it has been hot."

Snakes have quick strike capability.

Professor Ty Bryan of Bossier Parish Community College says "They are using it as a defense mechanism in that case. A lot of the venom contains various toxins that will begin digestion. That can break the food down quicker. And of course to immobilize the prey faster."

But may we pause to say that not all snakes are bad snakes

Rohonda Morris of Critters Company tells KTBS "We have snakes that eat insects. We have snakes that eat rodents. We have a large corn crop and cotton crop in this area and that is where the little mice like to live. Rat snakes are excellent friends to have in those areas to take care of the rodent population."

Another example is the King snake which captures and eats other snakes

The fact is venomous snakes are out there and they bite people and that's when problems occur.

Dr. Mark Ryan advises "All those old things. Cut and suck out. Tourniquet no. Ice to it no. Best thing to have when bitten by a snake a set of car keys and a cell phone. Everybody bitten by a snake needs to be seen by a physician in the emergency department."

In fact you are advised not to worry about taking a picture and please do not bring the reptile to the hospital. Doctors can usually tell what kind of snake bite a person has suffered. There are only two types of anti venom. One is used for pit viper wounds. The other type for the coral snake.

Professor Ty Bryan tells about the Coral snake "The Coral snakes belong to a family called the elapids. Which the same family that the cobras belong to."

And when it comes to anti-venom, Dr. Mark Ryan explains "There is one anti venom that covers all of the snakes that we have that are venomous in the U.S. Besides the coral snake. It's a different type of venom. That snake has it's own anti venom

And the anti-venom goes at a cost of more that two thousand dollars per vial. A person who suffers a venomous bite may need 2 or 3 vials but there have been cases where more than 10 vials were needed for a person to make a recovery. And did you know that more men are bitten by snakes that women? Men mostly on the hands and chest. Women on the feet and legs.

Contact information for the poison control center 1-800-222-1222 or the web site of the American association of poison control centers at www.aapcc.org

  • ArkLaTex SlideshowsMore>>

  • ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    ArkLaTex Adoptable Pets

    Friday, August 29 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-08-29 22:12:16 GMT
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
    There are lots of animals in the Ark-La-Tex who are looking for that perfect home.
  • KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    KTBS 3 Viewer's Pets

    Thursday, August 28 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-08-28 23:00:16 GMT
    Viewer's petsViewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
    Viewer's pets
  • Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services Adoptable Children

    Thursday, August 28 2014 6:44 PM EDT2014-08-28 22:44:11 GMT
    DJanaeDJanae
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
    Foster/Adoption Parenting Minimum Qualifications and Steps to Certification Minimum Qualifications for Certification.
  • Assignment EducationMore>>

  • Pilot program through Volunteers of America works to prevent drop-outs in local schools

    Pilot program through Volunteers of America works to prevent drop-outs in local schools

    Sunday, August 31 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-08-31 11:48:45 GMT
    (Photo source: Volunteers of America)(Photo source: Volunteers of America)
    Education and skills training beyond high school isn't even a consideration for a startling number of students.
    Education and skills training beyond high school isn't even a consideration for a startling number of students.
  • Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library taking shape in South Bossier Parish

    Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library taking shape in South Bossier Parish

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:27 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:27:55 GMT
    Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library (Photo source: Prevot Design Services)Anna P. Tooke Memorial Library (Photo source: Prevot Design Services)
    It's Bossier Parish's smallest library branch. Originally just a bookmobile, this 12 x 30 foot temporary metal building has been the Koran community's only branch since 1977.
    It's Bossier Parish's smallest library branch. Originally just a bookmobile, this 12 x 30 foot temporary metal building has been the Koran community's only branch since 1977.
  • Family mourns loss of Natchitoches teen

    Family mourns loss of Natchitoches teen

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 7:53 PM EDT2014-08-27 23:53:10 GMT
    18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was a high school senior at Natchitoches Central High school.He died Tuesday after he was punched by another student on campus.
    18-year-old Johnquaries Smith was a high school senior at Natchitoches Central High school.He died Tuesday after he was punched by another student on campus.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

    Official: 5 killed in plane crash north of Denver

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:51 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:51:26 GMT
    Authorities say three people were killed and two others were injured when their small plane crashed near an airport north of Denver.
    All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Board said.
  • 5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    5 US airstrikes target Islamic State fighters

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:41 AM EDT2014-09-01 07:41:19 GMT
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
    The U.S. military says fighter aircraft and unmanned drones have struck Islamic State militants near Iraq's Mosul Dam.
  • Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

    Revel starts shutdown Monday after just 2 years

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:33 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:33:31 GMT
    The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.
    The most spectacular and costly failure in Atlantic City's 36-year history of casino gambling begins to play out Monday when the $2.4 billion Revel Casino Hotel empties its hotel.
  • KTBS 3 News Tips

    Send your news tip or story idea to the KTBS 3 Newsroom.  Enter your email address below to get started.

    * denotes required fields
    We're sorry, but only one entry is allowed per person.
    Thank you for your continued interest.

    Thank you for your submission to KTBS 3 News.  A member of our staff may contact you for more information.

Share Your Images
Powered by WorldNow
    Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and KTBS. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
    Advertising | EEO Public File | KTBS 3 Public File | KPXJ 21 Public File