ALERT: Snake sightings increase as warm weather moves in

- Snake sightings are up across Mecklenburg County as the heat and humidity move in. A FOX 46 viewer sent pictures of what he believed were several copperhead snakes resting on the rocks along the greenway at Freedom Park.

Taylor Storrer runs the entire length of the greenway before and after work and said she sees snakes all the time, “Usually every day I see at least one. Some days I see four or five.”

Storrer, who was wearing sandals, said she normally wears sneakers just in case she comes into contact with a snake.

She decided to research what kind of snakes she spotted along her route, for safety.

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FOX 46 asked, “What kind of gave away that it was a copperhead?” Storrer replied, “The pattern. Yeah it was like tannish and it had kind of like the diamonds on it.”

Friends Caroline Johnson and Rahel Griffith were walking a dog down the greenway and said they never noticed any snakes.

“We kind of don’t pay attention,” Johnson said. Griffith who was holding a long stick said, “I wasn’t aware that there were snakes down here.”

Charlotte- Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Control said it’s not illegal to kill snakes but people have to be mindful of the city’s ordinance on weapons use. Griffith said if she sees a snake along the greenway, she’ll hit it with a stick and run.

Just minutes after Johnson and Griffith said they’d never seen snakes along the greenway they spotted several snakes near them along the water.

“We were on the lookout after you, and I guess it paid off,” Johnson said. 

Griffith admitted to being less brave then expected said, “Yeah, they were like in the cracks. There’s the creek and then there’s the sidewalk so, that’s definitely where people could touch or come in contact with them.”

Carolinas Poison Center warned that snakes are very active at twilight, when they’re hunting.

“I’ll probably be more cautious, be mindful of the hours that I’m going definitely not at dusk or dawn,” Storrer said. 

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