Grey Snakes on the Loose in Louisiana
Louisiana residents are being warned to watch out for grey snakes that have been spotted in the area. The grey snake, also known as the eastern rat snake, is a non-venomous species of snake that is native to the southeastern United States. It is typically found in wooded areas and can grow up to five feet long.
What Does a Grey Snake Look Like?
The grey snake has a light gray or brownish-gray body with dark blotches along its back and sides. Its belly is usually white or yellowish in color. It has a long, slender body and can be easily mistaken for other species of snakes such as the copperhead or cottonmouth.
Why Are Grey Snakes Dangerous?
Grey snakes are not venomous and do not pose a direct threat to humans. However, they can be dangerous if they are startled or provoked. When threatened, they may coil up and hiss loudly, which can be intimidating to some people. They may also bite if they feel threatened, so it’s important to keep your distance if you encounter one.
How Can I Avoid Grey Snakes?
If you live in an area where grey snakes are known to inhabit, there are several steps you can take to avoid them:
• Wear protective clothing when outdoors such as long pants and boots
• Stay away from wooded areas where snakes may be hiding
• Keep your yard free of debris such as leaves and logs where snakes may hide
• Be aware of your surroundings when walking through tall grass or weeds
What Should I Do If I See a Grey Snake?
If you encounter a grey snake, it’s important not to panic. Remain calm and slowly back away from the snake while keeping an eye on it at all times. Do not attempt to touch or handle the snake as this could provoke it into attacking you. If possible, try to take a picture of the snake so that experts can identify it later on. If you feel threatened by the presence of the snake, contact your local wildlife authorities for assistance in safely removing it from your property.