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Rainy Season and Snakes

With more rain expected in the coming weeks, Southwest Florida wildlife will be searching for places to stay dry, particularly, snakes.

After heavy rainfall, you might notice snakes in places where they’re typically not found.

The cold-blooded reptile usually takes shelter under piles of debris and downed trees. When there’s heavy rainfall, snakes leave their flooded homes to find drier areas where they can warm up.

Some snakes find drier shelter in and around homes. They tend to wrap around doorknobs, and at times hide under trash cans.

Once the flooding and heavy rainfall stop, snakes move back to where they used to live.

“If you don’t know what kind of snake it is or if you cannot 100% properly identify that snake never touch it,” advised Melody Kilborn who is the PIO for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

“And don’t try to kill it either because a large percentage of snake bites in the United States happen because people are trying to kill the snakes in their yard,” she said.

If you spot a snake during this rainy season and you’re not sure if it’s venomous, head to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website.