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MS toddler bitten by copperhead snake

(Source: Family via WTVA) (Source: Family via WTVA)
(Source: Family via WTVA) (Source: Family via WTVA)
(Source: Family via WTVA) (Source: Family via WTVA)

A toddler is recovering in the hospital after she was bitten by a baby copperhead snake.

According to WTVA, 18-month-old Ivy Rose was walking out of her house with her family in Hamilton, Mississippi, when her mother said she stopped and started screaming. Her mother said she had stepped on a copperhead snake.

Ivy Rose was taken to Jackson's University of Mississippi Medical Center by helicopter. During the ride, she received four doses of anti-venom.

“She was holding my daughter's hand, let go of her hand and just that split second, she stepped on a snake,” Ivy’s father said.

She recovered and was released from the hospital.

Copperhead snakes are just one of four venomous snakes in Tennessee: others include timber rattlesnake, western cottonmouth, and western pigmy rattlesnake.

According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency, it is illegal to harm, kill, or remove them from the wild without the proper permits.

Some tips from snake experts:

  • Do NOT try to capture the snake.
  • Try to remember its color and shape so that you can describe it, which will help in your treatment.
  • If you are bitten by a venomous snake, call 911 immediately, especially if the area changes color, begins to swell, or is painful.

You will need to get to an emergency room, where nearby hospitals stock anti-venom drugs.

The good news: A snakebite is extremely rare in the United States.

The top five states where you are more likely to encounter venomous snakes are Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Alabama.

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