Two Snakebite Victims in Aftermath of Irene

Thursday, Sep 1, 2011  |  Updated 8:14 PM EDT
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There's been an increase in snake sightings since Hurricane Irene rolled through our area.

Derrick Ward

There's been an increase in snake sightings since Hurricane Irene rolled through our area.

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Irene Brings Snakes Out in Montgomery County?

A rare event in Montgomery County: two people are bitten by copperhead snakes over the last week. Doctors at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital believe the earthquake and hurricane may have lured the venomous creatures from their natural habitats. News4's Jackie Bensen has the story.
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Could two snake-bitten Montgomery County, Md., residents be among the casualties of Hurricane Irene?

Both victims received anti-venom and follow-up care at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital after being bitten Tuesday night.

Two venomous snakes are native to Maryland: copperheads and timber rattlesnakes, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Copperheads are suspected in both cases.

The weekend weather may have lured the snakes out of the woods, a hospital spokesperson said.

Some of there homes flooded, too, so they are coming out of their holes.

Tim Ryan, of ABC Wildlife Removal, said he expects more snake calls. Snakes will be looking for places to hibernate in the coming months, and they might choose places like attics and wood piles.

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