UPDATED: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 3:00pm
Waco, Tx — More snakes appear to out and about this time of year, and for animal control officials, that means responding to more calls from frightened citizens.
"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," said Joel Sanchez, Program Supervisor of the Waco Animal Control Unit.
Recently, Waco Animal Control says they've had an influx of snake calls around town. On average, they have at least three reports each week.
"Snakes are obviously looking for food, water, and shelter. They are coming into houses. They are coming up closer to properties," said Sanchez.
Local pet store owner, Brett Krueger says if you see a snake, you shouldn't panic. Majority of the time, he says, they'll go away if you don't bother them.
"They just got done with mating season, and they've laid eggs. But, if they're around your house right now, it's because they're looking for food," said Krueger, owner of Critters Pet Store.
The most common snakes around Waco are the Texas Ratsnakes. this species is actually helpful in getting rid of pests because Ratsnakes eat rats. And, they're non-venomous.
"You can pretty much get most of them right out of the wild, and they're not aggressive at all," said Krueger.
Pest control officials say if you come across a snake, it's best to leave it alone. Or, you can call authorities, and they'll come and reincorporate it back into the wild.