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Ocean Pines Police release copperhead snake safety tips

(Oct. 12, 2017) In an effort to keep residents and guests out of harm’s way, Ocean Pines officials are providing the public with tips on how to stay safe during snake season. Copperheads, the most common venomous snake inhabiting Maryland, are usually seen on warm, humid nights. “They are typically found in swamps, forest areas and fields,” Ocean Pines Marketing and Public Relations Director Denise Sawyer said. “We encourage homeowners to be aware of their surroundings when walking near piles of firewood, fallen leaves, flowerbeds, and around landscaping rocks.” The Copperhead is well-camouflaged, allowing it to blend into its natural background. The snakes can be identified by its triangular head shape, vertical pupil and an hourglass scale pattern running the length of its body. “Copperhead venom is not usually deadly, but, it is painful,” Sawyer said. Ocean Pines Police urged residents to call 911 if bitten by a Copperhead snake.