Warm weather brings out snakes

3:11 PM, Jun 22, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Thanks to a very mild winter here in Georgia, snakes are finding these perfect conditions for breeding grounds. But what many homeowners may not know is that it is illegal in the state of Georgia to kill a non-venomous snake. In fact, the southern hognose snake and eastern indigo snake have additional legal protection as endangered species. Georgia has a total of 43 native snake species, and only six are venomous.

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Snakes, like all reptiles, are cold-blooded, which means they keep the same temperatures as their surroundings. So when it is in the 80's and 90's outside, you notice them more because they are also out enjoying the nice weather.

The misleading thing is that people think there are higher numbers of snakes, which isn't the case. People are just encountering them more often because it hasn't been too cold or too hot so far this year.

So what can you do about it?

Rodents such as rats and chipmunks are great food sources for snakes, so if you notice any in your backyard, make sure you call an exterminator right away to make sure that you're not intriguing them to come into your backyard.

Also, snakes like to hide in concealed places. So what you want to do is take away any wood, leaves, or any other type of debris out of your backyard, so that it prevents them from being able to find to find a good hiding spot.

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