LOUISVILLE (WATE) – It looks like snake season may be upon us in Tennessee. There have been more snake sightings in the region recently.
The reptiles are known to come out this time of the year. Experts say they typically breed in May and June, and slither out to feed between now and winter.
Eight-year-old Elijah Greene showed us a picture he drew of a copperhead snake that bit him a little over a week ago. The tip of his middle finger, where the snake attacked him is a maroon-brown color.
The family says they still don't know if the tip of his finger will need to be amputated. The boy spent three days in the hospital and has made several trips to the doctor's office since.
"I was scared," said Greene as he explained how he was bitten while trying to play with the snake near a cave. He was vacationing with relatives in Middle Tennessee at the time.
There's also a YouTube video that's gone viral recently. A Memphis couple was driving down the highway at over 65 mph when a snake emerged from the hood of the car and crawled all over the windshield.
Doug Ashe with Classic Wildlife Control says the stories are not surprising. He's already been getting calls about snake sightings. Ashe says the creatures typically seek out cooler areas, like caves, or lakes and water bodies.
"Now that it's starting to cool down they are going to start coming out in the mornings and evenings to feed. They want to fatten themselves up before winter, before a dormant stage," says Ashe.
He says the key to keeping snakes away is knowing that snake food like mice, rats and squirrels are what could attract them to where you live.
And what do you do if you find one in your yard?
"One thing I always tell everyone is to treat every snake like a venomous snake," says Ashe.
Elijah says he's learned his lesson on snake season.
"I'll be past 18 before I play with snakes again," he says.
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