Baton Rouge experiences uptick in poisonous snakes

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While gardening or walking down a trail, you may have encountered a snake face to face. During this time of the year, it’s happening more than usual.

A local Petsmart tells us more and more people are calling and coming into their store with pictures of recent encounters with snakes on their phones.

“We get a lot of calls,” said Raven Woest from the Petsmart off Airline Highway.

“People coming in bringing in pictures on their phone, and asking us what type of snake they are if they are venomous, usually something harmless they have a picture of.”

There are 48 snake species here in Louisiana and only 7 of them are venomous. 

We’re told we may be seeing an influx of snakes due to weather conditions.

“They like to come out when the temperature is between 80 and 90 degrees. That’s when its the most comfortable for them to be like basking and shedding and doing all that stuff – hunting and everything,” said Woest.

“And it’s starting to get a little bit cooler outside during the mornings and during the evenings but they’re going to be out because its just comfortable.”

Woest advises not to touch or pick up the snakes because of their venomous potential. 

“You should never try to pick them up, even though there is only 7 different types of venomous snakes here, out of the 48 we have total, it’s still a risk and you don’t want to take it.”

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries officials tell us roughly 6 people are bitten every year by a venomous snake in Baton Rouge.

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