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Pickens Co. Family Promoting Snake Safety This Summer

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PICKENS COUNTY, S.C. -

When it comes to snakes and other creepy crawlers the Currens in Pickens County are the experts. 7 On Your Side's Shelby Coates asked them what you need to know to stay safe this summer when it come to snakes. They say the best advice is simple.

"Just leave it be," said Pierce Curren of Pierce's Scaly Adventures. "It doesn't want to be around you. Once it picks up your scent it's going to move."

The Currens tell us venomous snakes in our area include rattlesnakes, copperheads and water moccasins south of Columbia. The Currens say many times snakes don't attack or chase you, but if bitten here's what you need to know.

"If you do the X and you try to suck it out, you now just made a bigger mess," said Tanya Curren. "Now you have a cut, maybe stitches you have to deal with."

"The first thing is don't panic, because if you panic it speeds up the venom reaction," said Richard Curren. "Second thing is reach down, if you have a forethought, and grab your cell phone and take a picture of it."

Curren says that photo can save your life and your money. He says many times hospitals can use that photo to find out what bit you and the method of treatment to use. They also say if bitten keep pressure on the wound and get someone to drive you to the hospital.

"When the venom starts to take effect, depending on the species, it can start to impair your vision, or your breathing or slow down parts of your body," said Pierce.

The Currens say no matter the type of snake, if you see it, your best bet is to not touch it. And only handle snakes in the company of an expert.

For more information on identifying snakes and other safety tips visit Pierce's Scaly Adventure.

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