Posted: Jun 6, 2013 9:46 PM by Ryan Naquin
Updated: Jun 6, 2013 9:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Snakes are becoming more visible and that's causing more complaints about the nuisance near homes.
"Out of all the officers we have one has had two moccasin calls. He's had seven rat snakes and two yellow belly water snakes and that's just one officer," East Baton Rouge Animal Control Director Hilton Cole said.
Crews have responded to 48 snake complaints this year. That's more than a dozen more than usual.
"They're everywhere," he said. "This is the bayou."
The snakes are slithering in plain view more often because they are trying to find each other.
"Snakes are just looking to have a good time," snake wrangler Carter Lambert said. "This is always a busy time for snakes because it's time for them to be breeding."
Nearly twice a week, Lambert corrals a snake out of someone's home.
"If they can keep an eye on it or at least where it's hanging out, that way we can have one of our guys can come get it," Lambert said.
In addition to mating season, do not be surprised if more construction near homes makes snakes come out more often.
"People change the water sources where snakes hang around. I think there's more interaction between human beings and wildlife and probably specifically snakes," Cole said.