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HCSO warns of 6 venomous snakes in Mississippi

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A recent post on the HCSO Facebook page, promotes venomous snake identification and offers photos of the most dangerous. (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page) A recent post on the HCSO Facebook page, promotes venomous snake identification and offers photos of the most dangerous. (Source: Hinds County Sheriff's Office Facebook Page)
HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

As summer approaches, the Hinds County Sheriff's Office is encouraging residents to educate themselves on venomous snakes in Mississippi.

A recent post on the HCSO Facebook page, promotes venomous snake identification and offers photos of the most dangerous. There are 55 different kinds of snakes in Mississippi and only six are venomous, according to the post.

The six venomous snakes are: Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Copperhead, Canebrake Rattlesnake, Pigmy Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth and Coral Snake.

As you tackle yard work or even hike some of the nature trails in the area, it is important that you identify the species of snakes that are dangerous to human beings. The HCSO posted a photo of the six deadly snakes, along with advice on how to handle an encounter with any snake.

  • LEAVE ALL SNAKES ALONG. Unless you have a specific purpose and have been trained to deal with them.
  • DON'T KILL SNAKES. Nearly all snakebites take place while people are killing the snake or otherwise tormenting, capturing, skinning, or handling them.
  • WATCH WHERE YOU WALK, SIT OR PLACE YOUR HANDS. Snakes like to hide in stump holes, under boards and sheet metal, in brush piles, and next to fallen logs. If you encounter a snake, simply back away from it.
  • LEAVE DEAD SNAKES ALONE. Recently killed snakes can bite reflexively. Never try to examine the mouth for the presence of fangs to determine if the snake is venomous. The fangs are enclosed within gum tissue and may be difficult to locate.
  • SNAKES BITE only when threatened.

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