Crowley Police Warn Of Coral Snakes In The Area
CROWLEY, La. (KPEL) -- The Crowley Police Department is warning residents about the presence of coral snakes in the area.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been notified, according to Crowley Police Chief K.P. Gibson, because the snakes are "extremely poisonous."
These snakes have been found on West 15th Street near North Crowley Elementary School, the area of West 17th Street and Avenue B, and the area of Willow Oak Drive, Gibson said.
"This notice is being sent out to make families aware of these snakes and to protects children and adults from harm," Gibson said.
If you are bitten by a snake, immediately seek medical attention. WebMD suggests lying down with the wound below the heart, staying still to prevent the venom from spreading, and covering the wound with a loose sterile bandage. Do not cut the bite wound, attempt to suck out the venom, apply a tourniquet, ice, or water, or drink alcohol or caffeine.
Coral snakes are similar to the Louisiana Milk Snake, which are non-venomous, and may be difficult to tell the difference between them. Watch this video to get a clear understanding of how to identify the two: