Mild winter brings more snakes to Virginia, but don’t kill any

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A mild winter means that there are more snakes slithering through the State of Virginia.

“Because we had such a mild winter this year, the snakes never really went into a full hibernated state for the length that they usually do,” Virginia Wildlife Management & Control owner Richard Perry told WSLS.

Virginia Wildlife Management and Control maintains a snake identification hotline to help people figure out whether or not a snake is venomous.

They can take a picture of it and send it to that number, 804-617-7086, and we will immediately identify the snake for them to let them know whether it’s a venomous or non-venomous snake,” Perry said.

In Virginia, it is actually illegal to kill a snake unless it poses a threat to a person or livestock, according to Virginia Wildlife Management and Control. If the snake is endangered, those exceptions don’t apply.

Illegally killing a snake is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail.

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