What You Need To Know: Copperhead Snakes

Pennsylvania woman bitten by copperhead while doing laundry

A Pennsylvania woman was heading to her basement to do some laundry Tuesday morning. That chore was interrupted when a 2-foot copperhead snake bit her on the arm, the Reading Eagle reported.

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Judy Reed, of Mount Penn, called 911 shortly before 8 a.m., the newspaper reported. Originally, Reed told the dispatcher she was bitten by a rattlesnake, according to Central Berks County police. 

Reed's daughter, Danielle Reed, said her mother was treated by paramedics and taken to an area hospital, Philly Voice reported.

“She was in a lot of pain, there was a lot of swelling, and she had tingling in her arm” before she was treated, Danielle Reed told the Eagle.

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The snake had been resting on a shelf near the washing machine in the basement, the newspaper reported.

Officials with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission were contacted, and they were able to move it to a safer location, the Eagle reported.

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According to Live Science, copperheads are common, but are also the most likely reptiles to bite. Their venom is mild and rarely fatal for humans, according to the website.

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