NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The summer is underway and that means animals will be more active in the Grand Strand, and that includes snakes.
"The best time the snakes are going to come out is around dusk." said Thad Bowman with Alligator Adventures.
Bowman says a wider jaw is the best way to tell if a snake is venomous. He also says there are several to watch out for in the Grand Strand as snakes become more active during the summer months.
"In South Carolina, there's the copperhead, the cottonmouth, the cane break rattlesnake, eastern diamond back rattle snake, the pigmy rattlesnake, and also the coral snake." said Bowman.
The corn snake resembles the copperhead, but is not venomous and not known to attack humans. However Bowman says if a venomous snake bites you, the most important thing is to remain calm.
"We don't try to suck the venom out. The best thing that you can do is to remain calm and call 911 and get medical attention."
Bowman says snakes will very rarely attack humans unless provoked or backed into a corner, and will almost always run for cover if confronted.
"They want to get away from you. They don't want to be around you. They want to do their own thing and they want to get away from you. They're not going to chase you. If you corner a snake they can become defensive, but the snakes not going to chase you down." said Bowman.
If a snake ever makes its way into your home, the most important thing to do is to get you family and pets to a safe distance and try to identify if it is poisonous. If it is, contact animal control.