Snakes are coming out of hibernation, keep them out of your yard

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:57pm

All you have to do is log onto Facebook and see snakes are everywhere in East Texas.

Extension Agent Chad Gulley say there are a few things you can do to keep them out of your yard. East Texans will be seeing more snakes, the most common ones: water moccasins and copperheads. "As we get in the Spring time they start coming out of hibernation and they're getting more active."

Gulley says to get rid of them, eliminate rock, wood and brush piles and tall grass and be careful because they camouflage. "They're out moving around they're trying to find places to make dens for their offspring and also just to find food," said Gulley.

We drove through Whitehouse near Lake Tyler that's when we ran into Kennon Birdwell. "Just out here working draining this pond and just tracking around and few snakes coming out of the water and I just get rid of them for our safety and everyone else's safety out here."

Birdwell sees several of snakes while working. "Mostly around ponds, and anywhere that's wet and that's got some kind of moisture so they can cool off."

Birdwell showed us two snakes that he caught in the pond. One sake measure 4ft/3in long. "We don't want them to get out and get into people's yards and they get a hold of a little kid it can kill them."

Folks around town say they use moth balls and sprinkle Sulpher around their home to avoid snakes.

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