The warm weather is bringing out the snakes, and one got ahold of a child in Temple Tuesday afternoon.

City of Temple Public Relations Specialist Alejandra Arreguin reports that a 10-year-old High Point Elementary School student is recovering after encountering a rattlesnake on the playground.

Temple Fire & Rescue responded to an emergency call about the incident around 2PM. The child was reportedly bitten on the foot. The poor kid was taken to a local hospital, but the good news is that the bite was treated in time and the child's wounds are considered non-life-threatening.

Arreguin said the snake was found and captured, and is no longer a threat to the public.

That's nice, but you can bet there are more snakes out and about. Just as we're all getting out more lately to enjoy the sunshine and warmer temps, so are the creepy crawlies.

"Spring and summer temperatures mean wildlife are on the move, increasing the number of encounters," Arreguin said. "Temple Fire & Rescue would like to remind everyone to pay close attention to their surroundings during the warmer weather season."

She shared a few tips on how to keep yourself safe out there:

  • Be cautious near high grass, trash or wood piles.
  • Move things around with a shovel instead of picking up items when you cannot see underneath.
  • Do not pick up snakes.
  • Back away from the area where the snake was located, and the snake will likely go away.
  • Leave snakes alone and they will leave you alone.

If you're bitten by a snake, call 9-1-1 immediately.

LOOK: 15 Pets You CAN'T Own in the City of Temple

Temple is a super pet-friendly place to live, but there are some animals city officials would really rather you not try to tame and keep in your home. Let's take a look at a few of the critters on the banned list.

PICS: Texas 'Salvation Cabin' a Perfect Airbnb for Nature Lovers

Salvation Cabin in Wimberley lies in the Texas Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio. It's a charming 1-bedroom just next to the Blanco River, so depending on when you go, you could do some tubing and kayaking (host Adena even provides the tubes and watercraft), and there's a lot of hiking, exploring, fishing, and nature watching to do.

More From KUSJ-FM