Snakes slithering into homes after hard rain

Jacksonville Zoo experts share advice for unexpected reptile encounters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – More unwanted guests could be slithering their way into your yard, and snake experts say you can thank the rain for it.

Over the last couple of days, many homeowners have reported snake sightings near their homes. 

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"If we've had a lot of rain, and then the sun comes out, they're going to be seeking to warm up, because unless they warm up, they're not going to be able to hunt and feed themselves," said Dan Maloney, deputy director at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens.

In addition to seeking sunlight after the rain, snakes are likely to come out looking for shelter if their habitat is flooded out. 

That means they could slither into your garage or a car port. If that's the case, Maloney warns it's best to leave the snake alone.

"The snake really doesn't want to engage you. It would rather not," said Maloney.

If one should end up in your living room, Maloney suggests removing it with something long, like a broom.

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