If you've been outside much this summer you may have noticed more snakes than in previous years. Bill Moore, vertebrate ecologist at Mammoth Cave, says snake activity has increased recently because June is a breeding moth. He also says the unusually high amount of rainy weather this summer is also a big contributing factor.
He says of the twenty snakes in South Central Kentucky only two are venomous: the Northern Copperhead and the Timber Rattlesnake. Typically you can tell whether a snake is venomous because it will have vertical pupils versus a harmless snake with round beady eyes.
If some reason you are bitten health officials say it is important to stay calm and seek medical attention. For more information on the different types of snakes log on to www.kentuckysnakes.org
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