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Snake activity ramps up ahead of winter 'hibernation' period

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MACON, Ga. (WGXA) - As the warm weather is nearing its end, snakes are at their most active before heading into brumation, or the snake version of hibernation.

Rebecca Galeazzo, an animal enforcement officer with Macon-Bibb County Animal Control, said she has been getting many calls lately about snakes in and around people's homes. She said she has also recently gotten a call about a snake that got into a local Kroger via banana truck.

"It's warm out. They're getting ready to hibernate, they're breeding and babies are hatching," she said. "They're trying to get their weight up so they can go into hibernation for the winter."

However, she said that in Georgia it is illegal to kill any nonvenomous snake. And it can be difficult to determine what snake is venomous because many nonvenomous snakes have defense mechanisms that make them look like their deadly counterparts.

Because of that, Galeazzo said the best practice is to simply stay away from a snake unless it is acting aggressively or is in your home.

"If it's in your yard, and it's not trying to come after you, just leave it alone," she said.

Other than that, you should call animal control.

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