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A prairie rattlesnake coils into striking position, flicking its forked tongue in and out on a sunny, dry hillside near Livingston, Montana on July 24, 2016

Stay Safe from Snakebites. Here’s How.

It’s the time of year where there’s a ssssssspike in snake bites. WakeMed emergency departments typically treat approximately 100 snakebites per year. Of these, 60 percent are venomous. The other 40 percent are “dry bites” (no venom injected), or they are from harmless snakes. So far, this year, WakeMed has seen over 20 snake bites, […]

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It’s Snakebite Season

Warm weather means it is snakebite season in the Raleigh/Durham area. Our state actually leads the nation in snakebite cases per capita every year! North Carolina is home to many different species of snakes; most are harmless, but some can give venomous bites to humans. In the WakeMed system, we see about 100 snakebites per […]

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Snakebites in North Carolina

There are about 45,000 snakebites (venomous & non-venomous) in the United States each year. But did you know that North Carolina leads the U.S. in the incidence of snakebites (or bites per capita)? Every year there are 19 snakebites per 100,000 people in North Carolina. This is compared to a national average of 4 to […]

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