Watch out! Venomous snakes are on the move in Southwest Florida and they could be right in your own back yard!
Wildlife removal experts with Southern Wildlife say vipers and venomous snake populations are growing during this time of year. The reptiles breed in the spring and by fall their eggs have hatched.
“Keep an eye on the ground and any tall shrubs near the water’s edge. They’re losing a lot of habitat from overdevelopment so they’re kind of being forced into these areas where they come in contact with humans and get killed,” said Southern Wildlife trapper, David Griffith.
He says recent sightings of rattlesnakes near homes and schools in our area is to be expected.
Always call an expert to come out if you feel the reptile is a threat to your home, pets or children.
If you are bitten by a snake, seek help immediately.
WRITTEN BY SHEILA BOOK