Copperhead bites child in Marshall County

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GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII)- Deputy manager at Hagerman Wildlife Refuge Paul Balkenbush says you're more likely to see snakes on higher elevation now because of the previous high water levels on Lake Texoma.

"When we have a lot of high water like we've had recently in the Texoma area, it can displace snakes out of the lowlands or places that are flooded, so you see more of them in the upperlands and places where you normally might not see them," said Balkenbush.

Balkenbush says the most common venomous snakes in the Texoma area are copperheads, rattlesnakes, or water moccasins.

The Marshall County Sheriff's office says the two-year-old child was bitten by a copperhead in the Cumberland Cove area on Lake Texoma.

According to Texas Parks and Wildlife, copperheads can be found near bodies of water, and are rare in dry areas.

Balkenbush said snakes typically lurk in high grass and brush piles, and its important to be careful where you walk outside.

"They like to be in cover, especially shady cover. This time of year is hot in the summer in north Texas. You're going to find snakes most likely in places that are a little bit damp, also places that are shady and cool," said Balkenbush.

Marshall County Sheriff Danny Cryer says the boy that was bitten is expected to be okay.