Residents see spike in snakes along Little Sugar Creek Greenway

Cold-blooded creatures are coming out of the woodwork along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. 

Snakes have been spotted along the trail - and don't be surprised if you see slithering on your morning jog. 

Mary Elizabeth Robertson did. She hit the Little Sugar Creek Greenway only to discover she was sharing the path with snakes. 

"I started running and a few caught my eye. I'd go a couple of steps and a few more would go out there," Robertson said. 

Robertson snapped some photos of the snakes and posted them on Facebook. 

"Now that I'm aware of them, I see them everywhere," she said. 

It turns out, there hasn't been an increase in the snake population. There are just more opportunities for encounters because more people are outside and snakes are more active in the spring than the winter. 

"That's obviously their habitat. It's cool. I'm not going to stay and hang with them," Robertson said. 

If you're on the Greenway and you happen to spot a snake, experts said the best thing to do is leave it alone. 

"There are no snakes that we have in Mecklenburg County that are out to attack people or hurt people in any way," Stephen Hutchinson, environmental education manager said. 

Hutchinson said there is one kind of venomous snakes that can cause harm - copperheads. If anyone is bitten they need to seek medical attention. 

"The safest, most important thing for you to do is go to the hospital in a calm manner, as quickly as possible, and let the professionals take care of it," Hutchinson said. 

He said overall no one should worry about snakes in Charlotte but people should be aware of them. 

That's what Robertson plans to do, on her jogs, from now on. 

"They respect me, I respect them, and we move along," she said. 


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