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Snakes Alive! Dozens of Snakes Involved in a Bexar County Wreck

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On June 27, 2017, dozens of snakes fell from the truck transporting them and onto the road following an accident, reports KSAT. The Bexar County accident happened on I-35 South access road at Kinney Road. A blowout on an SUV caused a rollover. This resulted in 30 snakes and one baby alligator falling from the vehicle. Various emergency groups responded to assist the people that were in the vehicle and to round up the reptiles.

Condition of the Passengers

Emergency Crews Searched for Snakes Following a Wreck in South Bexar County

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San Antonio Military Medical Center treated the two people in the vehicle, the driver and a child. They did not suffer any serious injuries. As for the animals, a Texas Game Warden and some Lytle Animal Control personnel found all the snakes. Sadly, one snake perished, but the baby alligator, which ran away, was later captured. Officials already alerted those living and working in the area through a reverse 911. No serious injuries resulted from the accident or collecting the reptiles.

Types of Snakes on Board

Copperhead Snake

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Though it’s unknown why the driver was transporting the reptiles, the types were known to emergency crews. According to a representative of the Somerset Volunteer Fire Department, the vehicle carried several water moccasins, copperheads, and a diamondback rattlesnake. These three are in the class of pit vipers, which have triangular heads and a second opening between each nostril and eye.

Dangerous Snakes

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

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The types of snakes in the vehicle include three of the four types of venomous snakes found in Texas. Though the state has dozens of nonvenomous reptiles, the dangerous ones, like copperheads, coral snakes, rattlesnakes, and water moccasins should be avoided. Anyone who encounters one of these animals should avoid it. And if bitten, get the victim to an emergency room right away for antivenom, which works best given within four hours of the bite.