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CHARLOTTE, NC - Calls for snake removal are up in Mecklenburg county and other areas.
David Crowe, a wildlife biologist with Critter Control, say calls for service have skyrocketed. He says you can blame it on the mild winter.
"It didn't kill off any snakes and more importantly that didn't call off any of the snakes prey," said Crowe.
They're slimy, slick and fast, but Crowe say most aren't venomous. The most common snake found in Mecklenburg county is the harmless black rat snake.
Crowe says you can find most snakes lurking in tall grass or pine straw.
"They eat lots of things that we don't like rodents, field mice, field rats, lots of insects," said Crowe.
To keep them away he suggests keeping your grass low and spreading moth balls. The scent of moth balls makes snakes uncomfortable and blocks them from sniffing out their prey.
Another option is to set up traps.
"The glue board is put into the snake box, we put this often outside of the door that often has gaps in the base," said Crowe.
Crowe says snakes are great at keeping away bugs and rodents, but the venomous snakes are often difficult to distinguish.
He says if you're not sure if the snake is dangerous, stay away and call an exterminator.
"So if you stay at arms length away from a snake, or a snake's stick length away from a snake, they shouldn't be able to harm you," said Crowe.
Credits: By Sarah Batista - WBTV.com