Swimming Serpent

The current Mississippi Riverflood is flushing snakes, deer, and other wild animals out of their natural habitats—and, in some cases, into homes and neighborhoods, officials report.

“We’re starting to see some issues, especially with the snakes,” Shular explained. “We’ve definitely seen a lot of snakes, like water moccasins”—venomous pit vipers with potentially fatal bites that are also called cottonmouths (water moccasin picture).

With swollen rivers reaching up near homes and neighborhoods, “we want to make sure people understand that the rules have changed,” Shular said.

“When that water gets into a neighborhood, snakes are going to be searching for shelter and food in homes or sheds or wherever they can slither into.”

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