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Park service at Outer Banks issues warning about venomous rattlesnakes

NAGS HEAD, N.C. (WNCN) - Officials at the Outer Banks have issued a warning about snakes, specifically, rattlesnakes.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore warned the public Wednesday after some venomous timber rattlesnakes were recently spotted in the park.


The park service noted a timber (canebrake) rattler lurking near a step just outside a staff building near the entrance to the Bodie Island Light Station.

Park officials said that most snake encounters with humans happen between April and October, which is when people are most active outside.

"Generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes strike when threatened or deliberately provoked, but given room, they will retreat," park officials said in the warning.

Just last August, a rattlesnake was seen on the beach at Ocracoke Island and during the same month, another rattler spotted in the ocean and beach at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

Park service officials issued some precautions to take to help avoid the snakes, including staying on trails and to "watch" where you step.

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