A 7-year-old girl
was bitten by a snake presumed to be a copperhead on Saturday at Brown
County State Park, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.
According to DNR,
at 9:15 p.m. the girl was playing with other children at her campsite when
she ran into the edge of a woodline near her tent and was struck by the
snake, believed to be a copperhead. After his daughter complained of two
puncture wounds to the ankle, her father checked the area and saw the snake.
The family then
called 911 and transported the girl to the park entrance to meet an
ambulance, which started for Columbus Regional Hospital but was then
diverted to Riley Children’s Hospital.
Doctors stated the
girl will make a full recovery, DNR said.
attempted but failed to catch the snake in the heavy foliage. They were
joined by Indiana Conservation Officers, Brown County first-responders,
Brown County Sheriff’s Police deputies, and Nashville Police.
While rare, there
have been other copperhead bites at Brown County State Park and they have
had the same factors in common: occurring after dark and involving those not
using a flashlight in a poorly lit area.
Some safety tips:
designated trails and mowed areas. Snake are less likely to come out in the
however, snakes will move around to hunt for food or lie on warm roadways.
So stay in well-lit areas or use a flash light.
campsite clean. Snakes feed on rodents and human food wrappers, and debris
on the ground may draw rodents to the site and the snakes may follow.
--If you are
camping in an area where there are snakes, check your site occasionally to
make sure no snakes are passing through.
--If a snake does
come on your site stay away from it, keep kids and pets away from it, and
contact the campground office to let the park staff know.
natural members of the ecosystem and food chains of this area,” DNR said.
“Copperheads mostly feed on small rodents. Together their controls on rodent
population actually have a large impact on reducing tick populations. So
they have their part to play in our environment. When we play in the same
environment that they live in we just need to be careful and take a little
extra caution. It is illegal to kill snakes on Indiana State Parks