Snakes, snakes, and more snakes! Reptiles surface as season changes
Horry County, S.C. (WPDE) —
If you are seeing more snakes where you live, you are not alone.
August and September is the time when all the snake eggs laid in spring, hatch, and the snake population explodes.
ABC15 News caught up with 'The Snake Chaser' in between calls.
He says 6 out of 28 species common in South Carolina are venomous.
If you are not sure what you are dealing with, it is best to call a professional.
"The best way to tell if it's a venomous snake is to call somebody. If you're not sure, leave it alone, because there are snakes that mimic venomous snakes. Some people will think it's venomous and it's not. There are some snakes that will literally rattle their tail to make themselves look like a rattle snake," said Russell Cavender, The Snake Chaser.
Copperheads and other venomous snakes usually have very large heads and vertical pupils. But, again, the safest thing to do is call a professional if you are not sure.
Cavender also says to try to wear gloves and shoes, not flip flops, when working in the yard.