This is a reminder that at this time of the year snakes are more active and we urge residents to be careful when walking around the community. There was an incident in West Pembroke Pines regarding a snake bite last week. The Pembroke Pines Police has provided on their website a section on snakes. We advise that residents check out their website as it provides a lot of information in regards to snakes as well as some websites to check out in regards to dealing with snakes. We are also attaching a brochure that they have on their website to this email.
Please check out : http://www.ppines.com/1352/Pembroke-Pines-Prepared—Snake-Safety
They mention on their website that Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has a Venom Response Team that maintains the largest and only antivenom bank for public use in the United States and provides antivenom to hospitals in the tri-county area, as well as deploys via emergent shipping to out of area hospitals. The Venom Response Team will identify snakes for residents that have seen them in backyards or by the house via text, email photos and by phone, and will recover and relocate harmless, venomous and non-native snakes. The Venom Response Team can be reached at 786-331-4443.
Be aware that snakes are more active at night and early morning; Stay away from tall grass and piles of leaves; Wear closed shoes during peak hours – don’t walk barefoot when outdoors; If bitten, stay calm and call 911 immediately – try to get a good description of the snake and time of bite. If bitten, DO NOT use a tourniquet, cut the wound, try to suck out the venom or pack the wound in ice.