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Posted at 5:51 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Fairfax sees increase in copperheads

By Washington Post editors

Fairfax County government reports that there have been an "unusually high number of copperhead snakes" in the area.
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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.

By Washington Post editors  | May 21, 2010; 5:51 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  | Tags:  Fairfax County, copperhead snakes, snakebite  
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Comments

somebody warn doug wilder to stay away from the wood pile!

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | May 21, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

We once made a pet out of a copperhead. Told my parents it was a Gardner snake and put it in an old aquarium. We would have made a pet out of a non-poisonous snake, but that wasn't the snake we caught.

Posted by: blasmaic | May 22, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

SofaKingCool2009 you're a racist idiot. What's your friggin' problem?

Posted by: rockchalk | May 22, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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