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Jul 24, 2014 7:47 PM by Valerie Ponseti

Tips on Snake Safety

Snakes are a natural part of Louisiana's heritage. There are 45 different species of snakes in the state, and only seven of those are venomous.

Knowing which snakes are harmless and which are dangerous is easier than you think. Poisonous snakes have oval-shaped eyes, while non-poisonous snakes have round eyes.

Wildlife and Fisheries Region Manager Tony Vidrine says that snakes should not always been seen as an enemy.

"All snakes are not bad. King snakes eat other snakes, so you don't want to get rid of those," said Vidrine.

In order to protect your house from unwelcome snakes, Vidrine says it's best to keep the grass mowed and avoid keeping large piles of wood and trash, where snakes can easily hide.

Claire Darby, Head of Reptiles at Zoosiana has some advice too.

"If you're working in your yard, make sure to wear long pants and gloves. That way, if you do come across one, chances are your hands and your legs are the main places to get bitten. They're going to be covered," Darby said.

For a list and pictures of snakes native to Louisiana, check out, http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/resource/snakes-louisiana?field_snake_category_value_many_to_one=Venomous+Snakes.

 

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