After a long winter in the Midwest, people are itching to get outside and feel the grass beneath their feet. For Iowa residents, walking in the grass might not be the best idea.

Some Iowa folks might notice the yellow lines on their lawns. No, it's not an electric cord from the utility company. This yellow line could cause you some serious harm if you're not careful.

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If you notice these yellow lines moving, you would be smart to run the other way. Those lines are actually copperhead snake babies...Oh boy! Baby copperheads are known to have bright yellow tails. There's also a certain smell they release to scare predators away. 

Copperhead snakes are native to Iowa and are venomous. The Iowa DNR explains copperhead snakes are one of four venomous snakes in the state. They can range from 24 to 26 inches long. These dangerous snakes are active during the day in the spring and fall. What happens to those sneaky snakes during the hot summer months? They become nocturnal, so those late-night bonfires can be tricky.

There is some good news! Copperhead snakes are considered an "endangered" species. So the chances that you could see one in Iowa are pretty low. However, that doesn't mean you should let your guard down. Copperhead snakes can be located in forests in southeastern Iowa. The next time you hit the hiking trails, just wear close-toed shoes and long pants.

What happens if a copperhead snake bites you?  First, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Second, treat the injury until medical help arrives. The Mayo Clinic has great tips that help you remain calm and save your life:

  • Move beyond the snake's striking distance.
  • Remain still and calm to help slow the spread of venom.
  • Remove jewelry and tight clothing before you start to swell.
  • Position yourself, if possible, so that the bite is at or below the level of your heart.
  • Clean the wound with soap and water. Cover it with a clean, dry dressing.

Enjoy the nice weather! Watch out for those snakes!

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