Virginia Beach, VA

A frightened mother issues a warning after her teen made a very dangerous mistake while handling a snake

Anita Durairaj
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In an article in Yahoo News, a mother has a warning for other parents and children after her 15-year-old daughter made a dangerous mistake while handling a snake.

Ashley Spain's teenage daughter was walking on a Virginia beach with her friends when she saw what resembled a garter snake on the path.

The girl immediately picked it up and held it in her arms. Her friends even took a picture of her with the snake.

However, just a few moments later, the snake struck. It bit the girl causing her arm to balloon. She had to be rushed to the hospital where she was treated with antivenom.

Ashley's daughter had not been holding a harmless garter snake. She had been holding a venomous copperhead.

Ashely's warning to parents and their children is this,

“Please make sure your children are aware that even though nature is beautiful, it can be very dangerous,” “She’s learning a very hard lesson on when to just leave things as they are. Don’t let your kids be like mine.”

Ashley posted her message on social media where it went viral but the response was also surprising.

Critics argued that the girl should have recognized a copperhead as they were quite common in Virginia.

Ashley had to respond in defense of her daughter,

“She has always been taught to admire wild animals from a distance, but we as her parents understand that she is 15 and won’t always make the best choices,” “She has never seen a venomous snake in person up to this point. Stop acting like you were never a teenager that did stupid things.”

Ashley's daughter is now out of the hospital and is reportedly doing well.

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