Snakebites are on the rise -- and these states are the riskiest

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(Buzz60) -- Snakebites appear to be on the uptick among children in the US, with more than 1,300 cases of kids suffering snakebites each year.

If you live in Florida or Texas, the chances of your child being bitten may be higher.

SEE ALSO: Woman finds snake hiding in her boot

According to a new study, while children from all 50 states experienced snakebites from 2000 to 2013 --Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Florida and Texas have higher snakebite rates. The copperhead snake was responsible for the most bites.

20 percent of the snakebites during the study required a trip to the intensive care.

The study's author said, "Some children do die, and delays in treatment can be one reason."

Yet she also revealed that more anti-venom is being used, and they are increasingly getting safer. They also can carry a $100,000 price tag!

Experts suggest taking a picture of the snake if possible, to help determine if anti-venom is really necessary.

So what's up with the rise of snakebites? Urbanization might be to blame, with more children playing in areas with tall grass.

Two-thirds of the victims were boys, so experts also encourage kids to at least wear long pants or boots while playing in tall grass or hiking.

Still, experts advise not playing with snakes, but it's better to be safe than sorry!

Related: Also see these snakes in unexpected places:

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ANDREWS, SC - OCTOBER 09: A snake floats along the flood water being fed from the breached dams upstream as the water continues to reach areas in the eastern part of the state on October 9, 2015 in Andrews, South Carolina. The state of South Carolina experienced record rainfall amounts causing severe flooding and officials expect the damage from the flooding waters to be in the billions of dollars. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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