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Snake sightings seemingly spike across CSRA counties

We’re no strangers to snakes in the South, but it seems we’re seeing more and more pop up across the CSRA these summer months.

Steven Montgomery started out seeing just a single rattlesnake.

“My dog he went in the shed, and when I walked up the shed and looked down it was a little baby snake,” Montgomery told News 12 Wednesday. "I killed that one."

Shortly after that first encounter, he found another snake in the yard.

"When I came back to the same spot there was another one same size same I mean it was like Déjà vu."
snake sightings seemingly spike

Minutes later he found nine more! All of them had to go.

"I got kids and pets," Montgomery wanted to protect his family from the deadly reptiles before it was too late.

IB Parnell with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources says rattlesnakes tend to like places like wood piles and other covered places.

"During the day when they're highly visible to things like hawks, they would hide in thick brush, underbrush maybe a woodpile, brush pile of limbs where they're not very visible," Parnell explained.

He says one way to keep them out of your yard is to get rid of anything that could be a good habitat for them. If you kill one snake but it’s a good environment, it’s likely more will come.

"Around the house and the yard, the main important things are to remove brush piles. Don't have any place where they can really hide and not be seen."

Another option is to eliminate their food source.

"You can get rid of the prey source. There are techniques for getting rid of rodents in and around your house and yard that would definitely help with not having the prey source for the snakes to be attracted to."

The Montgomery's may have already gotten rid of 11 snakes-- but they're still on the lookout.

"Hopefully we don't find no more."

It is legal to kill a venomous snake in Georgia and South Carolina, but not non-venomous snakes.

If you happen to get bitten by a venomous snake it’s important to get to a hospital immediately and try not to move too much so the venom spreads slowly.

If you have snakes in your yard and you want to know what kind it is, you can contact DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division at (706) 595-4222.

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