Your guide to anything and everything snake related in the state of West Virginia.
Here we aim to protect both you and our slithering friends in the mountain state by providing you with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions when you have that
inevitable run in with one of the 20-21 species of snake that call West Virginia it's home.
This site is a project of SnakeSavvy.com and only a small part of the huge nationwide snake
information database we're currently building.
Snake safety in the mountain state.
Most West Virginia snakes are docile and would rather just be left alone. Our state has only two venomous species the Northern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake both of which are Pit Vipers. These two species are easily identified by their slender necks, arrow head shaped heads, pits, slanted eyes, color patterns, and of course in the case of the rattlesnake it's rattle and sound.
What to do when bitten.
The most important thing to remember is DO NOT PANIC remain calm if you know for a fact the snake that bit you is non venomous simply clean the area with soap and water and apply something antibacterial to the wound. Should inflamation or other symptoms develop seek medical attention. If the snake that bit you is unknown or venomous remain calm yet quickly call 911. While some estimates put as high as 90% of venomous snake bites as being dry bites that inject no venom in any potentially venomous bite time is of the essence. The survival rates of a rattlesnake bite for instance drop dramatically if anti venom is not administered within the first 2 hours after the bite was recieved.