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More Snakes Showing up in Austin Homes

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A higher number of snakes are showing up in Austin homes due to record rains and a warm winter, reports KVUE News.

An unseasonably warm and wet spring is causing snakes to make their way into residential homes in search of shelter. Pest control experts say they are finding more of the slithering creatures than normal.

What kind of snakes? Reports include rat snakes and coral snakes, one of the most poisonous snakes in North America.

So far, we haven’t heard reports of people being bitten by snakes in their homes. However, the news station reports that Seton Hospitals in Travis, Williamson and Hays County have treated 21 cases of snake bites with antivenon this year.

What to do if you stumble on a snake in your house? Deal with it yourself or phone up an expert. The Austin/Travis County Animal Control doesn’t remove or kill snakes unless they are not indigenous to the region. Best to call an expert if you’re unsure of the snake’s danger to you.