Watch your step! Snakes more active this time of year

Watch your step! Snakes more active this time of year

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The warm weather is the perfect time to spend the day in your garden or to set out on a hike, but if you're out during the early morning or at night, you'll want to watch your step. Just like all critters, snakes make the most of the beautiful weather.

"They are more common at this time because they are out eating and mating," Boundy explained. "At the hottest point in the day, they'll go into hiding."

Some snakes do not shift to a night schedule when the days are long and hot. For this reason, you're most likely to see them during the early morning.

As for venomous snakes, we have plenty of those in the Bayou State, people are just less likely to get bit.

"Venomous snake bites are infrequent in this state," Boundy said. "There are typically less than 40 a year. I've been here for 25 years and I've only seen three deaths because of it. One guy didn't seek medical attention. One guy was out in the woods when they found him so it appears he didn't make it out in time. And the other was a medical error."

"The reason people used to get bit more often is because they would go outside at night and walk around barefoot," Boundy explained. "People are just less likely to do that nowadays."

So the moral of the story is to wear shoes and seek medical attention should you get bit. And of course, there's one other big one that should seem like common sense.

"Over half of the snake bites occur because of people fooling with them."

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