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POSTED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:48pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 5:58pm

As we start getting used to the warm weather again, it's also time to get used to some other things: snakes.

If you haven't noticed, they are out in full force again.

Animal Control says the calls have already started rolling in from panicked residents begging them to come catch them.

"People think they are a lot more dangerous than they actually are," said William Garvin, Supervisor of Reptiles at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler.

"The truth of the matter is any snake can cause a heart attack," said Bob Gardner of Tyler Animal Control.

Gardner says if you see one, they will come pick it up, but:

"We're gonna ask you to keep an eye on that snake until we get there," Gardner said. "We don't have the capability of chasing the snakes."

The cold-blooded reptiles hibernate all winter long.

They starting coming out again in the warmer months, and Garvin says they're hungry.

As scary as they may by to some, most of them are quite harmless.

"Of the 35 potential species of snakes you might find in East Texas, only five of them are venomous," Garvin said.  

The ones to look out for are the Coral snake, Pit Vipers, Rattlesnakes, the Copperhead and the Cottonmouth.

Watch out for piles of brush, leaves and other places they can hide.

"Be careful where you put your hands and your feet," Garvin said. "Snakes feel vulnerable when they are out in the open. They like to hide under things."

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