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Warmer weather means it's snake time

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As the weather heats up, snakes are becoming more active and making their way back to your yard.

Reptiles are cold-blooded, which means their body temperature is determined by the climate and environment.

Peak times for sightings are in the early mornings and late evenings when temperatures are cooler,

But when the heat spikes into the 90s, you'll find them cooling off under debris or in shaded areas so they don't overheat.

The best way to avoid a snake bite is to leave it alone.

They are more afraid of you than you are of them, and generally attack when they feel threatened.

"The vast majority of the time, 95 percent of all snake bites occur when you're trying to kill the snake or you're trying to catch the snake,” said snake handler Ken Kirkland.  “Moral of the story, leave them alone.  They don't want to bite you, you're too big for them to eat.  They're only biting in defense."

Experts say the majority of snakes found in the yard are non-venomous.

If you are bitten by a snake go to the nearest hospital.

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