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Heavy Flooding Can Mean Snakes in the Yard

This week Escambia County experienced one of the more devastating rain events in recent memory.  The community is facing issues such as erosion, lost roadways, and flooded structures but there is another we need to be aware of… wildlife.  When water rises many animals will seek high ground; fire ants are one many have already had to deal with – snakes will be another.  There are 39 species of snakes listed from Escambia County; 5 of these are venomous.  Some are excellent climbers and may be found on lattice, gazebo roofs, and other elevated structures.  More commonly residents find snakes on sidewalks, porches, and in shrubbery.  Typically when snakes encounter humans they seek an escape route,  however if waters have not receded then snakes may defend their dry spots so people should be careful.  If you have a question concerning how to handle frequent snake encounters you may contact Rick O’Connor at the Escambia County Extension Office.  We are currently relocated due to flooding so contact via email at: roc1@ufl.edu.

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