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Cold, wet weather means more snakes

Jun 7, 2010 6:25:00 AM - thestate.com
Golfers, security guards and others that spend a lot of time outdoors are noticing more snakes than usual slithering across South Carolina.

And that means more snake bites. Lowcountry orthopedic surgeon Joseph Tobin told The Beaufort Gazette he treated two snake bite victims on the same day last week.

"It seems a little more active than it has been in past years," he said, estimating that the hospital normally sees about 100 snake bite victims a year.

A biologist blames a cold winter and wet spring for making snakes more active than usual.

The cold weather compressed the breeding season for most snakes, leaving them about three weeks to do what they normally have six weeks to accomplish, said Whitfield Gibbons, senior researcher at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory.

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