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Watch out for copperhead snakes across Texoma

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A file photo of a copperhead snake. (Courtesy ForestWander.com) A file photo of a copperhead snake. (Courtesy ForestWander.com)

SHERMAN, Texas -- Parents are advised to be on alert after a copperhead snake bit a three-year-old child in McAlester, Oklahoma.

This poisonous snake is common across Texoma. Experts urge you take precautions if you and your children are spending time outdoors.

"Just be careful if you know you're going to be in the woods," said Steve Goldsmith, Dean of Sciences at Austin College. "Wear boots and not tennis shoes. They can strike a distance of about a third of their body length, and they're not a very big snake, so you have to really get pretty close to them before they can try to bite you."

He adds that says copperheads aren't as aggressive as other poisonous snakes.

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