MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - People returning to their flooded homes are concerned about the possibility of snakes left behind by the floodwaters.
Ground crews have killed roughly 36 snakes in a lake adjacent to USA Stadium in Millington since last weekend's floods.
Torrential rains caused the lake to overflow, leaving behind everything from water moccasins, copper heads and even cotton mouths.
Now that the water has receded, the snakes are still trying to find higher ground. Many of them have been found floating in the lake, others have been forced into places where they are usually not found.
Allen Waits said the ground crews' main concern is the threat cause because some of them could be poisonous.
"Snakes have been coming back and forth from the island," Waits said. "We were afraid kids would get bit with the tournament this weekend. Cops said we could kill them, so I went home and got a shotgun and started killing them."
Teresa Ball spent Friday spraying for other creatures. She said she does not like the idea of snakes being found near her backyard.
"They're gross," Ball said. "They'll hurt you too."
Ball said she would remain alert and do whatever she can to protect her family, her dog and her home.
"I need to check the house," Ball said, "make sure there's no snakes in the walls."
Officials said no snakes have been found inside the USA Stadium.
Here are simple things to keep in mind to keep you safe around snakes:
- Wear heavy boots and gloves or long pants outside.
- Watch where you place your hands and feet when removing or cleaning debris.
- If you encounter a snake, step back and allow the animal to proceed on its way.
- If you find a snake inside your house, do not panic. Try to confine the snake to a small area of the house.
- If you are uncomfortable about removing the snake yourself, seek help.
- Check areas such as corners of doors or windows, gaps around water pipes, and electrical service entrances.