The number of snake sightings is increasing as we head into summer. People may think there is a growing population this year, but experts at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade, Ky. think it may be due to the warmer weather.
“Snakes hibernate in the winter in the colder climates like what we have here, and so we really don't see any at all in the winter months. Then, once it warms up, there is what's called emergence where they come out of hibernation and begin their activities: finding food, finding a mate, and that sort of thing,” said Kristen Wiley, Kentucky Reptile Zoo Director.
Experts say there are only two common venomous snakes found in our region, and they typically stay in the rural areas of eastern and southeastern Kentucky. If you come across a snake and do not know kind of snake it is, avoid it and do not touch it.