Fairfax sees increase in copperheads
Fairfax County government reports that there have been an "unusually high number of copperhead snakes" in the area.
Copperheads, which are venomous, have bitten residents in the Dranesville (Riverbend Park), Hunter Mill (Reston), and Springfield (Clifton) districts. County officials said that typically reports of snake bites do not peak until between August and October when baby copperheads hatch.
Death from snake bit in Virginia is rare, officials say, but bites can be painful, causing symptoms such as swelling, bruising, sweating, nausea and vomiting. Officials say it's important to seek medical attention if you or your pets are bitten.
For more information on copperheads or other local wildlife, please visit the Fairfax County Government website. For more information, or to report a copperhead incident, contact Vicky Monroe the Fairfax County Wildlife Biologist at 703-324-0240.
Washington Post editors
| May 21, 2010; 5:51 PM ET
Categories: Virginia | Tags: Fairfax County, copperhead snakes, snakebite
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