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Rain Prompts Snakes To Seek Cover Indoors

Posted September 21, 2004

— With all of the recent rain in the Triangle -- even snakes are looking for a dry place.

"Snakes are looking for higher ground. They are getting washed out of their natural habitat," said Bob Jankowski of Critter Control.

Local experts say snakes give birth during August and September.

"Some snakes lay eight to 25 eggs, so all of a sudden, a huge population of snakes are showing up," Jankowski said.

A slithery visitor

forced a Raleigh day-care center to close

Monday when the snake was spotted inside Kidworks near WakeMed.

Jankowski found the small, non-poisonous water snake that closed the daycare. He said the snake probably slid in under a door.

WakeMed moved all 160 children to a hospital conference room while crews worked to adjust the doors and seal the building.

Jankowski said at this time of year, his company gets several calls about snakes every day.

"They're all different," he said of the calls. "We pulled one out of a hard drive the other day. One was in a printer and in a fax machine last week -- that's very common."

While most of the snakes common to the Triangle area are not poisonous, Jankowski warns anyone who comes in contact with one should use caution until they know for sure.

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