A 15-year-old Lenexa boy is recovering after a rattlesnake bit him near his home over the weekend.
The snake bit the boy about 9:15 p.m. Sunday near his home in the Falcon Ridge subdivision near West 91st Street and Falcon Ridge Drive.
He was treated at a hospital and has returned home. He is expected to be OK, said Master Police Officer Dan Friesen, a spokesman for the department.
Rattlesnakes are common in Kansas.
Copperheads, which also are native to Kansas, have bitten dogs in Shawnee Mission Park twice in the past month and a half.
This summer’s extreme heat is driving snakes to hunt in areas where they might not have been otherwise, Friesen said.
If people see a snake in their yards, Friesen suggests they leave it alone. The snake will go back to its normal area and won’t stay out in the open for long because it doesn’t want to become prey.
Lenexa animal control officers will remove rattlesnakes from homes, basements, porches and other areas where a snake could be especially dangerous. They will be released in nearby uninhabited areas.
Rattlesnakes found in open areas or yards will not be removed.
The police department posted these tips to its Facebook page:
Keep yards mowed and free of debris.
Use tools to turn rocks or boards over instead of bare hands.
Avoid walking through dense brush or wandering off into tall grass, underbrush and weeds where rattlesnakes may lie.
Leave any rattlesnake you come across alone.
Check the yard before allowing children to play.
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