Rain storm is affecting snake, bug behavior

Tia Lynn Ivey News

The daily rain showers over the last couple of weeks have led to an increased sightings of snakes, as well as other creepy crawlers.

According to David Burke, owner of Georgia Reptile Adventures, local citizens are more likely to see snakes all over the place—in high traffic roadways, in their yards and driveways and even their homes.

According to Burke, all the rain is driving snakes to seek dry places.

“They hate the feel of the water on their skin,” said Burke, who just found another a Black Rat snake slithering across his driveway Tuesday morning. “They will go right up to your home and find a way in.”

Burke does not recommend killing snakes if you seem them—regardless of whether or not they are venomous or non-venomous.

“The first thing to know is not to kill them,” said Burke. “If you see a snake, call animal control or 911 and they will send someone authorized to handle a snake and take care it.”

Morgan County only has four kinds of snakes indigenous to the area: venemous Copperheads, venemous Timber Rattlesnakes, Black Rat snakes, and King snakes.

“If you see any other kind of snake, it’s not from here, it was brought here,” said Burke.

But snakes aren’t the only creatures causing concern.

Gwen Ruark, director of the Morgan County Emergency Management Agency, is warning citizens about the exploding mosquito population due to all the rain.

“They carry diseases and with all this stagnant water cropping up because of the rain, they can breed more,” explained Ruark. Ruark recommends citizens get rid of any stagnant water spots throughout their property and spray children with mosquito repellant.

‘Mosquitos are out there and there isn’t that much you can do about them, but you can prevent them from breeding where you live,” said Ruark.

You can reach the Morgan County Animal Control at (706) 752-1195 or the Madison Animal Control at (706) 342-9604.

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