Tips to Keep Yourself (and Your Dog) Safe From Snakes While Hiking

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Even with summer slowly winding down, right now is still the perfect time to explore the bounty of trails and open spaces that this beautiful planet has to offer. Unfortunately, it’s also still snake season. According to the Center for Disease Control, 7,000 to 8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States each year. Luckily, only about five prove to be fatal.

But with the proper skills and knowledge everyone should be able to safely explore the Great Outdoors. We caught up with snake expert, Erick Briggs, who has been training animals professionally for over 25 years and asked for his advice.

Here, we share what Briggs told us as far as the best ways to identify venomous snakes, how to keep your dog safe, and what to do in the event you (or your dog) do get bit.

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