In flooded Oklahoma and Texas: Suddenly, alligators and snakes

In flooded Oklahoma and Texas: Suddenly, alligators and snakes
Snakes just wanna get dry. A snake hides out from flood waters in Texas. (Image via Facebook)

[Ed. – OK, snakes are a regular feature of the rural areas in both states.  But neither snakes nor alligators are routinely present lurking in and around people’s outdoor equipment.  Whole lotta water where it shouldn’t be right now.]

The heavy rains that have pelted Texas and Oklahoma this week have brought some unexpected visitors to homes in the region, like the 4-foot (1.22-meter) rat snake that found cover in an unexpected spot at Jeff Lara’s residence.

“I opened my grill cover and he jumped at me,” said Lara, who lives Edmond, north of Oklahoma City.

Wildlife officials have warned that flooding in Texas and Oklahoma is causing snakes, alligators and other reptiles to seek dry land in populated areas. …

Non-venomous rat snakes, which can grow up to six feet (1.83 meters) in length and frequent states including Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma, help keep the rodent population down.

But flooding has displaced the creatures, with removal services such as 911 Wildlife, which has contracts with several Texas cities, receiving reports of more than 1,000 of the snakes in North Texas and Houston homes. …

Police have cautioned parents to keep their children clear of flood waters because it is mating season for alligators, creating hazards for anyone nearby. …

Another threat lurking in flood waters is stinging fire ants, according to Bradshaw.

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