Officials issue warning about rattlesnakes in Outer Banks
Posted May 14, 2018 10:43 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:20 a.m. EDT
Nags Head, N.C. — The National Park Service has taken to social media to warn residents and visitors to the Outer Banks to watch out for rattlesnakes this season.
"Though generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but given room they will retreat," read a post on the National Park Service's Facebook page.
According to the NPS, a timber rattlesnake was seen outside a park staff building near the entrance to the Bodie Island Light Station in Nags Head.
Most snake encounters occur between the months of April and October when snakes and humans are most active outdoors.
The USDA has released the following tips to avoid rattlesnakes:
- When hiking, stick to well used trails
- Avoid tall grass, weeds, and heavy underbrush where snakes may hide during the day
- Look at your feet to watch where you step and do not put your foot in or near a crevice where you cannot see
- Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see, and avoid wandering around in the dark
- If a fallen tree or large rock is in your path, step up to it instead of over it, as there might be a snake on the other side
- Avoid approaching any snake you cannot positively identify as a safe species
- If you hear a warning rattle, move away from the area and do not make any sudden or threatening movements in the direction of the snake