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Snakes a sometimes unexpected byproduct of floods

Snakes will often be deposited near the paths of humans after a flooding situation. (Source: Bob B.) Snakes will often be deposited near the paths of humans after a flooding situation. (Source: Bob B.)
The Humane Society of the United States recommends not trying to handle any snake that you may find outside your home. (Source: Vananda H.) The Humane Society of the United States recommends not trying to handle any snake that you may find outside your home. (Source: Vananda H.)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

The Christmas Day Flood has brought some of the usual headaches - traffic problems, possible evacuations, and property damage.

With large-scale flooding, there is often another byproduct - displaced snakes winding up in some people's lawns.

We received a few photos this weekend in the hours and days following Friday's flooding of various snakes showing up, including a few of what appear to be cottonmouths, or water moccasins.

The National Zoo says that more non-venomous water snakes are killed than cottonmouths each year because the different kinds of snake look similar and people often confuse them.

While venomous, the zoo also says cottonmouth bites against humans are uncommon because the snakes are normally not aggressive.

The Humane Society of the United States recommends not trying to handle any snake that you may find outside your home. They say that the snakes are often temporarily confused after flood waters recede and in most cases will quickly figure out where to direct themselves.

However, if you do encounter a snake near or even within your own property, they offer these tips on how to safely deal with the situation.

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