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Slithering Snakes In The Summer

One area family says they are seeing more rattlesnakes near their home causing injuries to some of their animals One area family says they are seeing more rattlesnakes near their home causing injuries to some of their animals
"The whole time we've probably live out there, killed three or four now killed that many in the last couple of months," says Nick Albracht "The whole time we've probably live out there, killed three or four now killed that many in the last couple of months," says Nick Albracht
"This is the time of year when it's warmer and they're normally more active," says Gene T. Miller, Wildlife Biologist "This is the time of year when it's warmer and they're normally more active," says Gene T. Miller, Wildlife Biologist

Beware---poisonous snakes could be  slithering near you. One area family says they are seeing more rattlesnakes near their home causing injuries to some of their animals.

This is the time of year when snakes will crawl out and linger. But one family wants to keep them away from their home and livestock.

"The whole time we've probably live out there, killed three or four now killed that many in the last couple of months," says Nick Albracht.

In fact, he says rattlers have bitten two of their animals in the last few days.  "We had a dog bite, lamb bit the other day, both fine now."

One wildlife biologist we spoke with says to beware. With all the recent moisture, more could show up. "This is the time of year when it's warmer and they're normally more active," says Gene T. Miller, Wildlife Biologist.

There are four kinds of rattlesnakes that may appear in the panhandle. The western diamondback, the prairie rattlesnake, the western massasauga and the desert massasauga. 
All venomous and dangerous.

"They can be harmful to humans, humans don't often die, but they can poisonous and harmful," says Miller. "Cousin of mine got bit, they had to remove his finger," says Albracht.

The best advice for everyone is to make sure to keep your grass cut, watch your step, and just be observant to your surroundings.


 

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