Be careful as snakes begin to come out of winter hiding

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POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 3:20pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 11:27am

As you can already tell, the seasons are changing, which means local critters are bound to start coming out of their winter hiding places.

For many, that means a rise in snake sightings. Last summer, Waco Police Department reported responding to a high number of snake calls, averaging at least three calls per week. Because the weather is warming up, snakes are now coming out to look for food, water, and shelter. And, no place is off limits.

"They can be found just about anywhere. We've found them in businesses. We've found them in houses. We've found them in yards, along fence lines. The best thing to do if you do see one is to leave it alone."

The most common types of snakes in the Waco area are the Texas Rat Snakes, which are non-venomous and actually helpful in getting rid of rats.

However, if you come across a snake, it's best to not touch it and to contact animal control to avoid getting bit.

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Thanks for the information. That was animal's instinct and nature to come out of their hiding place after winter. They also need the sunlight and look for food.

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