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It's the time of year snakes become more active

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

HARDBURLY, Ky. (WYMT)- With more sunshine and warmer temperatures, experts say it’s the perfect time for snakes to become more active.

There are only two types of venomous snakes in Eastern Kentucky, but for some that’s two too many.

“A lot of people in this area are scared of snakes because they don’t know anything about them,” Stuart Fugate said.

Fugate has handled snakes for a number of years and has tips on how to help keep them away from your home.

“If they don’t have food, water or shelter they’re not going to stay,” Fugate said.

Keep the grass in your yard and around your home cut as short as possible and if you have a bird feeder, you may want to think twice.

“Don’t have bird feeders. They bring birds and mice which bring snakes for food,” he added.

Ponds may look nice, but they also act as a constant water source for snakes. But keep in mind, not all snakes are the bad guys.

“A black snake and a milk snake are a gardener’s best friend. They kill a huge number of mice and venomous snakes too,” Fugate said.

So what should you do if you come across a snake? Fugate says they answer is simple.

“If you know the difference between a black snake, water snake and copperhead, if it’s not a venomous snake, just leave it alone. If it is a venomous snake, my advice would be to call a professional to remove that,” he added.

Fugate says some of the most common myths about snakes go blind during the summer.

“That's not true. Snakes go blind when they shed which only lasts two days. They don't have eye lids. Instead, they have scales cover their eyes. When they shed for two days they produce a chemical that separates that scale and it turns their eyes blue. They usually stay hidden during this time,” he said.

Fugate says even though black snakes and copperheads are the same species, they can’t reproduce.

Some have heard that baby copperhead snakes are more venomous than bigger ones. Fugate says that is also not true.

“The thing about the baby’s is they have really tiny fangs and really tiny venom glands so in the end the baby snakes are a lot less dangerous than the big ones,” he said.

If you would like your property checked for snakes or would like them to be removed, you can call Stuart Fugate at 606-216-0391.

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