CROWLEY, LA — Officials are warning residents about a type of poisonous snake that has been spotted in several residential areas of Crowley. Officials say the snake has been spotted near a local elementary school as well.
Police Chief K.P. Gibson issued the alert about the potentially deadly Coral snake. They say multiple sightings have been reported in the Northwest portion of the city.
“This notice is being sent out to make families aware of these snakes and to protect children and adults from harm,” Chief Gibson said in a press release.
The areas where the snakes have been spotted include West 15th Street near the North Crowley Elementary school, West 17th Street and Ave. B area, and the Willow Oak Drive area.
National Geographic reports that there have been no reported deaths attributed to a Coral snake bite since the 1960s. That’s because the antivenin was released in 1967. However, if a bite is left untreated, it can lead to cardiac arrest.
The symptoms of a Coral snake bite include a disruption between the brain and muscles, such as slurred speech, double vision, muscular paralysis, and the eventual cardiac or respiratory failure.
The Coral snake rarely approaches humans and is most likely to strike only if it’s been stepped on.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has been notified about the snake sightings.