Recent rainfall brings wildlife to East Texas


The rain is gone, the sun is out and you may think the worst of the East Texas floods is over.

Think again. Snakes are on the move and their looking to keep dry from recent flooding. The problem is, dry ground away from water may be your backyard.

"When that area goes under water, you've displaced that snake and you basically took him from his neighborhood and put him somewhere else", said Micah Poteet, Texas Parks and Wildlife.

But experts say a snake in your yard is not a cause for panic. Often times snakes don't want to be in your yard, just as much as you don't want them there, yet Poteet said taking it upon yourself to remove a snake may not be the safest move.

“Definitely would not try to catch one and handle one, particularly if you're not good at identification of a snake because we do have some snakes that are venomous and you don't want to try to catch a venomous snake", Poteet said.

While some parts of East Texas are crawling with snakes, exterminator Carra Liles said when it comes to a snake encounter, prevention starts with you.

“Make sure your lawn is manicured, keep your grass down low, any water, standing water areas be very careful and just be really observant of your surroundings", exterminator Carra Liles said.

And recent rainfall is not all to blame. This happens to be the time of year where newborn wildlife start showing up, which is why Liles' business has gotten calls for more than just snake removal.

"Some species we haven't been able to identify even, we are having to contact our etymologist. It's just very different for this area; we've never been flooded like this", Liles said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say it's important to note that over time, displaced wildlife will return to their usual habitats.

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