Snake sightings not unusual this time of year - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Snake sightings not unusual this time of year

McGarity says this Copperhead measured 5.5 long and was found on her deck this week at her Hoover home.  A neighbor killed it. Source: Steffanie McGarity McGarity says this Copperhead measured 5.5 long and was found on her deck this week at her Hoover home. A neighbor killed it. Source: Steffanie McGarity
Source: Steffanie McGarity Source: Steffanie McGarity
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It's breeding season for many snakes and many of you are seeing an increase in sightings in your neighborhoods.

ER doctors say they haven't seen an increase in bites and experts say there isn't really an increase in the snake population, but there certainly is a lot of chatter about them on social media.

Is it poisonous?

Most of us have encountered a snake at some point in our lives and wondered if it was poisonous. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website says there isn't a simple way to tell a poisonous snake from a non-poisonous one.

But there are some rules to help you identify snakes. The article on their site is a quick, helpful read – check it out here. It includes links to pictures.

There is some good news when it comes to snakes in Alabama. There are only six species of poisonous snakes here, according to the AL Department of Conservation and Natural Recourses site.

More snake questions?

So what can you do to keep them out of your yard? There are products on the market that claim to keep them away. Others say scattering lime in your yard will work. We've also heard that moth balls are an effective way to keep snakes away. What do the experts say?

And what are you supposed to do it you encounter one? Run? Leave it alone? What if a snake bites you? (The Mayo Clinic has a "what to do list" here.)

Reporter Alan Collins is on the snake beat today. He's working to get the answers to these questions and more, starting tonight on FOX6 News at 5.

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