Person hospitalized by snake bite in northwest Austin park

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A copperhead snake looks up at the Nature Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A person had to be taken to a hospital after they were bitten by a snake in a northwest Austin park on Saturday morning.

Austin-Travis County EMS were called to reports of the snake bite at St. Edward’s Park shortly after 10 a.m.

It is believed the person was bitten by a copperhead snake, according to medics.

When medics arrived at the scene, they discovered that the injured person was stuck in a creek bed down a 30ft slope.

Rescue personnel were able to help free the person from the creek bed, and they were taken to St. David’s Round Rock. Their condition was unclear.

EMS said the incident was one of two snake bite calls that medics responded to on Saturday morning.

They said hikers and swimmers should be aware of snakes that may be swimming in water or hiding under debris.

If you see a snake, do not touch it, pick it up or try to trap it. Instead, back away slowly.

The severity of a bite depends on the species of snake – so if you or someone you know is bitten, remember the color, pattern and shape so you can describe it to emergency workers and help treat the wound quicker.

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