Kansas man bitten by venomous snake

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A Hutchinson man was just released from the hospital after being bitten by a copperhead snake. 

“I was at Cheney Lake with my family and all of a sudden felt something like an electric shock on my arm,” said Grady Kornelson, bite victim. “It swole six inches in circumference of the bite immediately.”

After learning he had been bitten, he and his family rushed to an area hospital where he was treated. 

Knornelson was released from the hospital after a few days of treatment. 

KSN spoke with experts who say there are four types of venomous snakes in Kansas. They are the cottonmouth, copperhead, rattlesnake, and massasauga.

“The venomous snakes have a different look,” said Marc Murrell, Great Plains Nature Center. “They have different pupils, a venomous snake has pupils like a cat, they’ve got a heat sealing pit right in front of their eye and fangs.” 

Another expert said it is the time of year that snakes are most active. 

“Snakes are cold blooded so they’re going to be more active when the weather is warmer,” said Kara King, Sedgwick County Zoo. 

King said it speeds up their metabolism allowing them to move faster. King said another reason they’re out is food. 

“Things like rats and mice are having their breeding boom so there’s lots of things to eat.”

The Sedgwick County Zoo offers snake safety courses and a range of other kid-friendly activities. The learning center will offer these courses throughout the summer. For more information, click here

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