The Nacogdoches venom response team has seen more snakes this year than any other year they started the program
The venom response team was created about four years ago and that year they caught 21 snakes.
But this year they have already caught close to 75 snakes.
“A lot of it, I think, is due to educational programs, people know about us now,” said Captain Ray Cole, Nacogdoches Fire Department and Venom Response Team.
Another reason for the increase in snake reports is the weather, October and November, thus far, have been warmer and more humid than normal and this is the type of weather snakes enjoy.
The venom response team acts as an alternative to killing venomous snakes. Many people would rather attempt to kill a venomous snake such as a rattlesnake or a copperhead. But Cole says that is when the majority of people are bitten.
“Most people are actually bitten by snakes from one or two things: either trying to kill the snake or capture the snake,” said Cole. “Best thing to do is just simply walk away they’re more afraid of us than we are of them so they’ll actually leave, try to flee from us.”
The team is not a professional group of exterminators but rather a group of “re-locators”.
“When we get a call we actually just try to locate the snake and once we do we’ll actually capture the snake, bag it and take it away from the property and relocate it back out in the wild away from people,” said Cole.
With deer season here more people are out in the woods and come across snakes much more often than they would at home.
Cole says if you are out in the woods and see a snake the best thing to do is leave it alone and it will flee from you.
“They are more afraid of you than you are of them,” said Cole.