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Chickasaw County Extension warns residents about snakes

May 5th 2018

Posted: Tue May 22 15:30:31 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue May 22 15:30:32 PDT 2018

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a warning tonight about snakes. with all of this warm weather, authorities are urging folks to be on the lookout for poisonous snakes. wtva xavier harris has found out ways for you to prevent being attacked. "if you will leave a snake alone, back up and go away. it will leave you alone" that's what scott cagel of the chickasaw county extension saysis the biggest tip for dealing with snakes. he says if you live innorthern mississippi, you couldsee a few venomous snakes. "in this area wehave cotton mouth, rattle snakes and copper heads and further south in the state you will run across a coil snake and those are the 4 main venomous snakes." cagel says snakes will only attack if they feel threatened. he says they will hide under rocks or rely on their natural camouflageto avoid interaction. he urges you to stay on the pathway when walking on trails and do notstick you hands in between rocks. "snakes will hibernate throughout the winter so when we start getting cold weather to go back into their hibernation phase right now with all of this warm temperature and plenty of moisture and abundance of food they are out" he says with north mississippi having colder temperatures in the spring,the snakesare now playing catch up with feeding. "we had a very cold spring and now things are warming up which means frogs and lizards and insects are crawling and that's with snakes are looking forward to eat they are coming out of hibernation and they are trying to get caught up for the year" cagel says hikers need to stay alert and avoid wearing head phones. xavier harris wtva 9 news. there's anincrease
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