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Residents concerned about rattlesnakes in neighborhoods

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WAURIKA, OK (KSWO)-There have been numerous reports of rattlesnakes found in Waurika neighborhoods recently. 

One woman spotted one slithering away from a vacant home near hers on Saturday, and then last night, another woman in that same neighborhood saw one in her backyard.  They called for police, who killed both snakes. The recent hot spell is keeping the snakes from heading into hibernation.


"I was terrified because I'm terrified of snakes to begin with. Whenever the police officer was out there, I looked out my window because my dog was going crazy and I noticed he was missing in the grass. I went back in the house and I shut the door because I don't do rattlesnakes”, Ashley Elliott.

"It's very concerning. It's scary to tell you the truth”, said Winegeart.

Wingeart and Elliott both have children who play outside all the time. As a parent they fear their child could be bitten by a snake.

"With rattlesnakes they blend in to my front yard, the leaves and everything. It's very scary”, Elliott.
 
Waurika volunteer firefighter Mical Delaney says they have seen several rattlesnakes throughout the city and the weather is the main reason they are there.

"They are moving pretty slow right now still hunting for food. They are not in a hurry to get back and that's why a lot of people are seeing them around houses, falling trees”, said Delaney.

Officials says snakes become dangerous when they are surprised or cornered. Most snake bites occur on the hands, feet and ankles. If you see one stay clear of it.

"They can strike up to 3 feet away from you. Don't pet them, don't mess with them to get them to move along. Just stay your distant”, said Delaney.

 The City of Wichita Falls Animal Services is also issuing a warning to citizens to be on the look-out for rattlesnakes and other snakes that are active at this time of year.

Animal Services would like to encourage citizens to be aware of their surroundings and learn to recognize the different snake species that are likely to be in the area.

Rattlesnakes are usually not aggressive and do not prey on humans, but snakes can become dangerous when they are surprised or cornered.

A few tips to avoid rattlesnakes are keep your lawn mowed , always wear shoes while outside, and if you hear a rattle move away slowly.

If you or your pet are bitten, attempt to stay calm and seek immediate medical or veterinary attention.

More information can be found their website.

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