May 17th, 2011
07:19 PM ET

Louisiana issues snake warning to residents of flood-impacted areas

Louisiana has issued a snake warning to residents of areas affected by floods.

There are 22 species of snakes that within the spillway, three of which are venomous species, spokeswoman Christina Stephens of Louisiana's Office of Homeland Security said.

"When you come back to your home, check for snakes," Stephens said.

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  1. Cesar

    @Joey: Thanks. I learned a new word today, "accolades.". Sarcasm caught, good one Joey.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey

    Hello, Cesar.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey

    We have a lot of water snakes in the country house. If they come into the yard, I kill them.
    I know to make noise to scare snakes away in the woods, and I've hit snakes with an oar from a canoe too, Scottish Mama. I really would like to learn to lift them with a hook...dangerous thirst for knowledge.
    Our housekeeper found a copperhead in her kitchen.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Joey

    Oops–not snakes "in" the country house–"near" the house.
    The error came from thinking, "in the country."

    May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. stewie

    I know I was just kidding.

    May 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. stewie

    JT, very true, I remember as a kid my family and I went swimming in a neighbor's pond. After about half an hour our father yelled for every one to get out. Once I reached shore I noticed why,a nest of water moccasins were chasing my brother to the shore line, if he hadn't been a fast swimmer or not so close to the bank they probably would've reached him. Not sure what stirred them up other than it may have rained the day before. All the times I've been swimming in ponds and creeks I was always lucky never to have gotten bit by one.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. stewie

    Did have a friend the was kind of crazy, one time he caught a cotton mouth and took it to school, when he got on the bus after school let out he had a large bandage on his arm. When I asked him what happened he said the snake got out of the aquarium he had it in and it bit him when he tried to catch it of course he had to go to the doctor's office. That was thirty years ago though, no way any school would allow a poisonous snake into science class today.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. stewie

    There are two types of water snakes, some are poisonous, some are not. The ones that look like diamond back rattlers are non poisonous. I imagine in most states it's illegal to kill any snake, poisonous or not, unless it poses an eminent threat. I know it is in Missouri anyway. I neglected to mention the copperhead, but there's no mistaking a copperhead.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. stewie

    @Hank, we lost a lot of farm ground towards the boot heel but this flood didn't hit us nearly as hard as the ones in 93 and 95 did. I think there may still be a lot getting ready to come down the Missouri from the northwestern states though. If so then that is what will cause us problems, the Missouri river runs straight across the state and hits a lot of towns along the way.

    May 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark Willo

    I don't mess around when it comes to snakes. I've nearly vaporized 7 Garter snakes with my 16 gauge just within the past 2 years. I also advise all toads to stay the heck away from me.

    May 18, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spockette

      Why on earth would you "vaporize" a Garter snake????? Garters are beneficial creatures.. they eat rodents.... geesh....If you live in Louisiana, you should have, somewhere in your house, an Audubon's Field Guide to Snakes. Look up the good ones and the bad boys, know how to recognize the good ones from the bad boys then leave the good ones alone to live their lives, and keep a sharp eye out for the bad boys.

      May 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • pelican

      Get a grip. Destroying Garter snakes is ridiculous.

      May 22, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  11. mike ryder

    YEAH the "snakes" are dressed in the in suits and say things like "Your house has been deemed uninhabitable, therefore we have issued this order for you to vacate your home and you have 30 days to tear it down or be penalized @ 500$ per day after the thirty days,we are within our legal right to compel you to comply with this order under rsa 529 p.28 subpart 3 line 48 thank you and have a nice day"

    May 20, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. jack rains

    as you say most common snakes are not dangerous altho if you don't know witch are witch its best to leave them be

    May 21, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Observer1290

    Is Obama a liar or just criminally insane?

    May 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
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