ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Chehaw is encouraging the community to make sure all residents keep their grass cut and also make sure all storm debris is picked up.
That will help greatly in making sure snakes don’t make a home in your yard.
Ben Kirkland, the Natural Resource Manager at Chehaw, says the reason behind doing those two things is because snakes like to live in tall grass and shady places.
Kirkland encourages everyone to educate themselves on the different kinds of snakes in Georgia because it’s against the law to kill a non-venomous snakes in the state of Georgia.
Kirkland says if you see a snake, to leave it alone. And if you feel it is a venomous snake to call the Department of Natural Resources for them to safely remove it.
“Do not try to handle the snake. The vast majority of all snake bites venomous or non-venomous occur when someone’s trying to kill the snake or handle the snake just leave them alone," says Kirkland.
Kirkland says that sometimes people will see these snakes in their pools because they’re probably trying to get to food that may also be in the pool like frogs.