Expert explains difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes

Expert explains difference between venomous and nonvenomous snakes
(Source: WAFF)

(WAFF) - Hibernating reptiles are waking up. That means you could be seeing snakes a little too close to home.

Snakes like to live in tall grass and shady places. And they look for high grassy areas to hide so the best thing you can do is make sure you keep your grass cut.

“Keeping your grass cut low is probably the big thing because it gives them a place to hide and keeping debris from out and around your house from blocks, tree limbs, and even leaves being piled up left over from winter time that gives them a place to hide," said Lowery Davis of Lauderdale County Animal Control.

You should get a quick lesson on the kinds of snakes that are common where you live. They may be a nuisance or scary, but not all snakes are venomous.

Garden snakes help keep the venomous ones away.

Davis says venomous snakes’ heads are shaped like a diamond and the split of the eye is sideways. He says nonvenomous snakes have round eyes and the nose is rounded off more.

You can get snake repellent to spray around your yard to keep them away. However, if you do come across a snake, don’t approach it.

“They’re going to try and get away from you as fast as you are getting away from them, but if y’all are in the same place at the same time they will bite you," Davis said.

If you do find a snake in your yard, contact animal control. They will help you get rid of the reptile for free.

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