The most recent incident took place Monday afternoon at Pace Bend Park in Spicewood, while the first occurred at the Lake Hills Community Park on Edgewater Drive, according to KVUE News. Both involved a Western Diamondback.
In the department's tweet, officials listed out tips for snakebite prevention.
The following tips are below:
- Be aware that snakes may be in or around water, tall grass, fallen logs, outcroppings, hiding under debris or other objects, or in animal burrows.
- If you see a snake, freeze, then back away slowly and don't touch it.
- Given the opportunity to retreat or escape, they usually will.
- Do not pick up the snake or try to trap it. NEVER handle a venomous snake, not even a dead one or its decapitated head.
- Heavy footwear, snake-proof trousers, leggings, or boots will help reduce your risk.
What to do if bitten by a snake:
- Keep calm.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible (dial 911 or call local EMS)
- Antivenom is the treatment for snakebites. The sooner antivenom can be started, the sooner irreversible damage can be stopped.
- Take a picture of the snake from a safe distance if possible. Identifying the snake can help with treatment.
- Apply first aid while waiting for EMS by removing rings and watches before swelling starts; washing the bite with soap and water; marking the leading edge of tenderness/swelling on the skin and write the time alongside it; and position yourself so that the bite is above the level of your heart.
In the Lone Star State, there are 10 species of rattlesnakes, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The species include Western Diamondback, Timber, Mottled Rock, Banded Rock, Blacktail, Mojave, Prairie, Western massasauga, Desert massasauga, and the coral snake.
It is unclear what type of snakes bit the children. MySA has reached out for specifics.Read more from Priscilla
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