There are close to 30 different species of snakes in Maryland, many of which are non-venomous but some are venomous. In an effort to keep residents and guests out of harm’s way, the Ocean Pines Police Department is providing the public with tips on how to stay safe during snake season.
Copperheads, the most common venomous snake that inhabits Maryland, are usually seen on warm humid nights.
“They are typically found in swamps, forest areas and fields,” said Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer. “We encourage home owners to be aware of their surroundings when walking near piles of firewood, fallen leaves, flowerbeds, and around landscaping rocks.”
The Copperhead is well-camouflaged, which allows it to blend in with a natural background. They can be identified by their triangular head shape, vertical pupil and an hourglass scale pattern that runs the length of their body.
“Copperhead venom is not usually deadly, but, it is painful,” said Sawyer. Ocean Pines Police urge residents to call 911 if you think you have been bitten by or have seen a Copperhead snake.
Safety Tips to Reduce Chances of a Snake Bite
• If you see a snake, stop and keep a safe distance.
• Do not try to handle any snake. Any snake will bite if provoked.
• When walking or hiking, stay on trails, sidewalks and cleared pathways.
• Wear boots or closed shoes and long pants when working outdoors or walking in wooded areas.
• Wear leather gloves when handling brush and debris.
• Use a flashlight if walking at night in areas where snakes might be present.
For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.