Snakes Slither Into Homes As Weather Warms

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Warm weather brings many things to enjoy, like vacations, cold drinks on a hot day and nature coming back to life. But summer also means snakes are active.

Steve Fitzgerald, of Hendersonville, South Carolina, said he found a black snake in an air-conditioning unit. “I took the panel off and he was just right there in my face. And yeah it was pretty frightening," Fitzgerald said.

Ross Woodall of Hired Killers Pest Control of Greenville, South Carolina, said snakes are common. "Early in the season be careful when you're moving things around. Things around the garage, wood piles, old swimming pools," Woodall said. “This is the time of the year where snakes start to emerge out of their sleep over the winter and they start to seek out food sources.”

He added: “Probably 90 percent of the snakes that we see in this area get under people's houses and sometimes even into their attics over the winter.”

Woodall recommends being prepared if you spot a snake and keeping your house and yard tidy. “First thing you want to do of course is to look at the snake and make an ID to see if it's poisonous or not. One of the simplest ways to do that is to look at the pupil of a snake if the pupil is round it's non-poisonous. If the pupil is slanted it's poisonous.”

Sources: Mother Nature Network, Fox Carolina

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