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A copperhead snake slithers over a branch in a herpaquarium.
The eastern copperhead is one of six venomous species of snakes native to North Carolina. | Photo by CLTtoday
Here’s a slithering statistic: North Carolina leads the nation in the number of people annually bitten by snakes. On average, 157 people are bitten every year.

Duke University Hospital reports the emergency department has already treated 10 people so far this season with anti-venom for snake bites.

Snake bites most commonly occur in suburban neighborhoods in the summer months. People tend to get bitten while in their own yard, unaware a snake was nearby.

“A very common reason for getting bitten is at dusk or in the evening, they go out in their flip-flops and take out the trash and they get bitten,” said Dr. Charles Gerardo with Duke University Hospital.

A copperhead snake is huddled in a glass herpaquarium.

Humans are more likely to be bitten by copperheads in part because of the snakes’ effective camouflage.

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Photo via WCNC

Grover Garfield, Director of the Carolinas Reptile Rescue spoke to WCNC on what triggers human encounters with snakes. Sometimes, it’s our bird feeders. “Birds are sloppy eaters. A lot of it falls on the ground. Those seeds will attract rodents. Rodents will attract the snakes.”

There are six venomous snake species native to North Carolina:
  • Copperhead
  • Pygmy rattlesnake
  • Cottonmouth
  • Timber rattlesnake
  • Eastern diamondback
  • Coral snake rattlesnake
N.C. Wildlife reports 90% of reported snake bites are caused by copperheads.

Copperhead bites are rarely lethal, but doctors warn anyone bitten should seek medical attention immediately.

If you are bitten, call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.

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Keep a watchful eye for rattlesnakes while hiking in the North Carolina mountains this summer.

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Photo by Evan Grimes via Wikimedia Commons

Ways to avoid snake bites:
  • Remove debris, mulch, and wood near your house.
  • Get rid of standing water.
  • Keep an eye for small holes in your yard.
  • Consider wearing gloves or close-toed shoes when gardening or taking out the garbage.
Barfield emphasized “If you can’t see where you’re putting your feet or your hands... don’t.”

Editor’s note: Bites happen because the snake feels threatened or provoked. If you encounter a snake, back away slowly.
 
Asked
 
Copperheads make up what percentage of snake bites in North Carolina?

A. 10%
B. 25%
C. 75%
D. 90%
 
 
Events
 
Tuesday, June 11
  • Coffee with the Chamber | Tuesday, June 11 | 8:30-9:30 a.m. | Families Forward Charlotte, 5700 Executive Center Dr., Ste. 105, Charlotte | Free | Sip coffee and network with fellow entrepreneurs.
  • June 2023 Luncheon: “Reimagining Vintage Office Design” | Tuesday, June 11 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Revelry - North End, 701 Keswick Ave., Ste. 110, Charlotte | $55 | An expert panel discusses the future of office space in Uptown.
  • Charlotte Symphony Orchestra @ Stumptown Park | Tuesday, June 11 | 8:30 p.m. | Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews | Cost of purchase | Enjoy fresh air and tasty food trucks while listening to the Charlotte Symphony.
Wednesday, June 12
  • Old Town Bluegrass Night | Wednesday, June 12 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Ave., Cornelius | $10-$20 | Tune into a high-energy performance with some of the area’s finest Bluegrass artists.
  • “Here to Climb” Advanced Screening with Sasha DiGiulian | Wednesday, June 12 | 8:30 p.m. | US National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte | $6 | Get an advanced screening of the upcoming documentary “Here to Climb” featuring iconic rock climber Sasha DiGiulian.
Thursday, June 13
  • Wheatkend in Matthews | Thursday, June 13 | 12-10 p.m. | Carolina Beer Temple, 195 N. Trade St., Matthews | Cost of purchase | Kick start this week-long festival tasting beers, wines, and spirits from across the globe.
  • Salsa and Bachata Lessons with Rumbao Latin Dance Company | Thursday, June 13 | 7-9 p.m. | You Vs Yourself, 1701 N. Graham St., Charlotte | $150 | Learn the steps, timing, and movement of Salsa in this eight-week course.
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News Notes
 
Civic
  • Charlotte City Council finalized the $4.2 billion spending plan for 2025. With the 1.5-cent property tax, Charlotte homeowners can expect to pay an additional $54 per year. Paired with Mecklenburg County’s 1-cent property tax, it would add up to $92 a year. (WCNC)
Number
  • $63 million. That’s how much the NC Lottery Commission says operators collected last month from sports betting in gross wagering revenue. North Carolina will get more than $11 million in taxes. Since its launch, sports betting has grossed an extra $42 million for the state. (WSOC)
Coming Soon
  • Charlotte will soon have a Colombian consulate, serving 60,000 Columbians living in the Carolinas. Available services will include passport renewals, ID, visa applications, and birth + death registrations. An exact opening and location are TBA.
Traffic
  • A new speed limit is now in effect along Indian Trail Road in Union County. The speed has been reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph. This comes before a $14 million sidewalk expansion project. (WBTV)
Cause
  • Mecklenburg County Veterans Services is recruiting participants in the North Carolina’s Governor’s Challenge. The program is seeking expert companions or “Battle Buddies” for service members, veterans, and their families. Training is required + free. Registration is open.
Festival
  • The Cook Out Summer Shootout is back at Charlotte Motor Speedway tonight for its 31st anniversary season. The shootout is a 10-race vehicle showcase, featuring NASCAR champions like Chase Elliott and Joey Logano. Tickets are available for $10. Kids 12 and under get in free.
Eat
  • Lunch plans? The Mediterranean restaurant Roz Grill is now open in South Charlotte. The menu offers traditional and modern dishes + an eclectic juice bar. Guests can dine in at 8200 Providence Rd., Ste. 200, Charlotte.
Sports
  • Will Dave Canales change the culture in Carolina? Get a glimpse inside the locker room for the biggest stories on the Carolina Panthers with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
    Health
    • Should you get genetically tested for cancer risk? Novant Health weighs in on what test results mean, what to do if a test indicates genetic risk + how changing tech means changing advice.*
    Wellness
    • Looking for a game-changing night of sleep? Fall asleep + wake up rested with Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies. Get 30% off a $55 minimum purchase with code CBDSLEEP30.*
    Finance
    • Expert tip: During economic times like these, balance transfers can really make a difference. By simply transferring your existing credit card balances to this card, you’ll give yourself 18 months to pay it off — without interest. (Bonus: Earn 2% cash back on everyday purchases while you’re at it.) *
     
     
    Civic
     
    🗳️ What to know ahead of South Carolina’s primary elections
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    Fort Mill, SC is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, strengthening its importance in regional politics. | Photo by ©Element5 Digital via Canva.com
    South Carolina voters head to the polls today for the statewide primary elections. The Democratic and Republican parties both hold their primaries today, June 11.

    What you need to know:
    • Voters are required to bring a photo ID — a driver’s license, DMV ID card, voter registration card with a photo, a federal military ID, or US Passport.
    • Visit scVOTES.gov to ensure your registration is current.
    Where do I vote?
    • A full list of precinct and polling places can be found on scVOTES.gov — select a county and click on “View Results.”
    • Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
    Editor’s note: If you are in line at 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote even if the line is long.

    Primary election results will appear after 7 p.m. All runoff elections will be held Tuesday, June 25.
     
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