Pembroke Pines Woman Recovering After Water Moccasin Snake Bite

PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4)- A Pembroke Pines woman is in fair condition Saturday after she was bitten by a venomous snake in her backyard and hospitalized, authorities said.

Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue’s Venom Response Team said the 39-year-old woman was bitten on the hand by a water moccasin while moving lawn furniture in the backyard. The snake bite happened in the 18200 block of Southwest 4th Street.

Emergency crews arriving on scene just after 6 p.m. Friday recognized symptoms that appeared to be indicative of a serious venomous snake bite. The woman, Darlene Cutrone, was taken to Memorial Hospital in Miramar .

Members of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Anti-Venom Unit responded to Memorial Hospital Miramar, according to officials.

Water moccasins, also known as cottonmouths, are common throughout Florida. They are usually found in water, along stream banks, in swamps and in tree bordered marshes. They can also be found in pine woods or other dry habitats, according to the Suncoast Herpetological Society.

Their venom can be deadly to humans if a bite goes untreated. But officials said that the woman’s quick reaction in calling 911 immediately as well as the availability of the Anti-Venom Unit were both significant factors in her recovery.

They grow to about three-feet long and have a reputation for being aggressive toward humans, according to the Suncoast Herpetological Society.

According to the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue’s Anti Venom Unit, snake bite season runs from April to October each year in south Florida.

Residents should be aware of their surroundings when working outdoors around shrubs and brush.

  • Frank McNeil

    Don’t exactly live “in the water” but rather live near it and swim like an Olympian. Maybe aggressive isn’t the right word, but moccasins, unlike say a rattlesnake, seem to a bit sluggish on land. Don’t try to get out of our way.

    Moccasins are common in north and central Florida, perhaps Channel 4s producers could check with the experts to see whether they are common this far south.

    • Tim Haynes

      I have seen them about 150 feet away from water in west broward county. If you approch them it will just stay there and wont run away from you. I saw one just lay on the sidewalk for several minutes. Also seen more than one swimming in the lake feeding on tadpoles.

    • Cindy

      These snakes are sluggish on land, I have seen them out in the Everglades, “Snake Valley” many times. The immature ones look similiar to to Diamondback Rattlers. (West Palm Beach Speedway) Live near lakes, ponds, canals etc. Use to hike at Monroe Station into glades 4-5 miles(side-arm) of course, many snakes.

      • ClayRenoit

        Many snakes at Miami Dade Building & Zoning. Diamondback Rattlers in offices. They are scaming millions of dollars. Why when all the job cuts you never hear of cuts with Miami Dade Building & Zoning is they scam billions of hard earned dollars from home owners….So why would they want to cut something thats making money. Billions of it….Sorry about the lady that got bitten but everytime I think of that word BITTEN Miami Dade Building & Zoning comes to my mind. Does not make me feel any better to be scmaed or bitten by Miami Dade Building & Zoning……PEOPLE THAT YOU AND EVERYONE SHOULD TRUST..CAN’T…Miami Dade Building & Zoning should have a sign out front with all the fees. Not made up fees from some office in the back. But a huge sign so everyone can read it even if you wearing short shorts and looking nice. The fees is for everyone. FREE FEES IF YOUR A FEMALE WITH NOTHING UNDER YOUR T-SHIRT. THEY SAY THEY DON’T DO IT. BUT THEY DO… IF THEY DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE THEY WOULD BE LIKE ANYOTHER CITY IN OTHER STATES HANG A HUGE SIGN AS YOU COME IN SO EVERYONE CAN READ WHAT FEES HAVE TO BE PAID. ” NO MORE GOING IN AND WAITING TO TALK TO SOMEONE JUST TO FIND SHE HAD ON A TINY SHIRT AND FREE FEES FOR HER AND CLOSE PERMITS” ALL THIS CAN BE DONE WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE AND HEAR AND READ WHAT THERE FEES ARE.

  • frank cates

    I believe the picture you are showing is a copperhead

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