It’s snake season, and this could be one for the books

Updated: Apr. 25, 2019 at 6:04 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - They are slithering their way onto your property andone snake expert believes this is the worst snake season Virginia has seen.

It’s not the news most want to hear.

“It’s a perfect day for them to be out,” Richard Perry said. “We had a lot of rain and we had some pretty warm spells in February."

Richard Perry is the owner of Virginia Wildlife Management and Control and his family travels around the state removing the slithery creatures.

“One of the biggest problems we run into are snakes in garages, sheds, crawl spaces, attics,” Perry said.

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There are several different species found around central Virginia.

“Black rat snakes and black racers. As far as venomous snakes go, we have copperheads,” Perry said.

We also have water snakes in Virginia as well, but it’s the copperhead you need to lookout for. They have a triangular head and cat-like eyes.

Perry said there are certain locations where snakes are known to hang out, and you should be on the lookout in case you cross paths with one. Many of the places snakes like to hide are man-made, increasing the chances of an encounter.

“A snake would automatically be attracted to railroad ties. They love them," Perry said. “What they typically do is they go underneath here.”

They also love junk, debris and high grass.

((Source: Virginia Wildlife Management and Control))

“The worst mistake you can make is to decide to leave brush piles and leaves around,” Perry said.

If you find a snake, there’s a hotline you can call to identify it, then get rid of it.

“You take a picture, you send it to us no matter the time day or night and then we give you the option if you want us to come out and get it or not,” Perry said.

What about home remedies people try to discourage snakes from taking up residence. Perry said not to waste your time.

“Snake away sulfur, moth balls. I’m going to catch heck for this because people swear by mothballs: It does not work,” Perry said.

The Snake Identification Hotline number is (804) 617-7086.

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