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Temperatures Heat-Up, Snakes Come Out

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Matt Erickson, a research scientist at Phinizy Swamp says, “There’s a lot of bio diversity in this area. So there’s a lot of different snakes and lot of different habitats.”

It’s Spring-time and the weather has finally warmed up at Phinizy Swamp.

Erickson says when the mercury goes up, animals come out, especially the slippery ones.

“It’s the weather, it’s the warmth, the snakes are cold-blooded animals so in the Winter-time when it’s cold they’re really inactive and now that it’s starting to warm-up snakes are becoming more active," said Erickson.

Erickson says snakes move back and forth to regulate their body temperature--going from hot and cold to get to an optimal body temperature.

He says we seem them more in the Summer-time because as it warms up they have more energy.

“Their food, their prey animals will be out. They’ll be active," said Erickson.

Non-venomous snakes like these are protected by Georgia state law.

Call a wildlife control expert if one gets into your home.

But the Peach State is home to 6 venomous snakes.

“Venomous snakes are dangerous. The most dangerous thing to do if you see a venomous snake is to try to kill it or try to handle it or try to move it," said Erickson.

These are non-venomous snakes, but Erickson says to avoid animals that you aren’t familiar with.

“The best thing to do if you see a venomous snake is just leave it alone, turn and go the other direction.”

Accidents do happen and if you get bit Erickson says not to panic.

But he says to act quickly.

“If you get bit by a venomous animal is just to stay calm and get to a hospital as quickly as possible," said Erickson.


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