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Rain spurs snake movement
While late September and October aren’t generally the times of year county residents go on high alert for snakes, some living in the area have reported increased snake activity as of late.
We all know that venomous snakes, such as copperheads, water moccasins, rattlesnakes, and coral snakes, live in the area, but we can get complacent about them from time to time. With the weather patterns beginning to change, those working and playing outside should take notice.
“The recent rains have certainly triggered more activity in insects, rodents, frogs, and other snake prey,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist Ryan Darr. “I would speculate that the snakes are out actively hunting more apparent and available prey, especially considering that we are coming out of a dry spell and going into winter soon.”
Increased snake activity means there is a greater risk of human contact, and this can be of particular concern for children and the elderly. Pets and livestock are also at greater risk as snake activity increases.
If a snakebite does occur, remember to stay calm and call 911 immediately. Remove any constrictive items, such as a ring or watch, and get medical attention as soon as possible.
For more information on local snakes, contact the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. at 1-800-792-1112 or visit www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
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