BRITS have been warned after 12 dangerous snakes were sighted in just one area of the UK.
Dog owners in particular have been urged to be cautious after 12 adders were spotted at several popular walking spots in the north-east of England this year.
So far snakes have been sighted in Consett, Stanhope, Battersby and near Edmundbyers.
While adder bites tend to increase during this time of year, experts say people are often unsure what to do when they come into contact with one of the native snakes.
British adders have distinctive markings, with males usually being silver-grey in color while females can be copper or brown.
While both males and females have a black zig-zag pattern on their backs, Brits also need to know that there are also all-black adders.
The Woodland Trust says they can measure between 60 and 80 cm when fully grown.
Adders are the only venomous snake in the UK, but their bite does not generally pose a threat to humans and in most cases causes pain and inflammation.
The severity of the effects depends on the weight, medical condition, age and location of a person who was bitten.
Symptoms of a bite can appear relatively quickly, within one to two hours, with signs of dizziness, swelling, and discoloration of the skin where the person was bitten.
However, the bite can be very dangerous for very young, sick or elderly people.
Anyone bitten should seek medical advice if their condition worsens.
Dogs that are bitten may also show symptoms such as pain or swelling in the affected area, as well as limping.
More serious signs include pale gums, wheezing, drooling and vomiting, and diarrhea.
In life-threatening cases, dogs can experience swelling of the neck and face, weakness or wobbling, severe bruising, and difficulty breathing, up to and including collapse.
Anyone bitten by an adder should do so stay calmaccording to the NHS Council, as most snakebite cases in the UK are not serious.
A person affected should keep the part of the body where he was bitten as still as possible, lie in a stable side position and take paracetamol to relieve the pain.
If possible, it is recommended to memorize the snake’s color pattern so that doctors can better treat the bite.
Anyone who is bitten should also remove any jewelry if there is swelling and loosen clothing around the bite area.
People are also advised to stay away from the snake and avoid trying to suck the venom from the bite wound.
You should also avoid taking aspirin or ibuprofen as these could make the bleeding worse.
If you or someone you know has been bitten by a snake, you should call 999 or go to the emergency room as soon as possible.
If your dog has been bitten, owners are advised to remain calm in order to help their furry friend, according to the experts at the kennel club.
As with humans, it helps if you can remember what the snake looked like, or take a picture if possible.
Owners should keep their pooch as still as possible as this will help prevent the spread of the venom and you should avoid touching the bite even if you are applying a bandage or bandage.
It is best to contact your veterinarian before admission to describe the incident.
In April, dog owners were also warned of the dangers adders pose to dogs after a pup narrowly escaped serious injury on a walk in Essex after being bitten.
The RSPCA and other charities have pointed to an increase in the distribution of abandoned snakes and other reptiles in the UK.
Up to 100 human adder bites are reported annually.
The last person to die from an adder bite in Britain was in 1975, when a five-year-old boy was attacked in Scotland.
But a year ago, an eight-year-old girl had to be hospitalized after being bitten by an adder while on an Easter picnic with her family in Staffordshire.