LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV)- Doctors and nurses at Arkansas Children's Hospital are reporting a 50 percent increase in snake bites this summer.
Children's Hospital typically sees 20 to 25 snake bites a year, but already this year they've treated 30 cases. Donna Parnell-Beasley is the trauma coordinator at Arkansas Children's Hospital, and she says they're not really sure about the uptick, but wants parents to be aware.
"Children may have been outside playing more than when it's really, really hot."
Parnell-Beasley says 2014 is shaping up to be the summer of snakes
"The majority of the injuries we've seen this summer have been on feet where children step down next to a snake and a snake bites them."