CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Flooding from the Red River left behind more than damage, it also brought out lots of snakes. Some of those snakes are now finding their way in and around homes. So, what do you do if you see one?
We decided to talk to Steve's Snaketuary to find out.
Steven Kennedy knows snakes. He has been fascinated with them since he was a young boy. He now has more than 100 snakes, both venomous and non-venomous, in his home.
"I do have professional bite-proof gloves that I use for non-venomous snakes. And I do have tongs and snake hooks, I also have through the state, a permit to keep venomous and the constrictors over eight feet," said Kennedy.
Kennedy runs Steve's Snaketuary where he educates people on snakes and rescues them safely.
"We get several calls every day, every other day, we get calls about people having snakes in their yards, in their houses, businesses, things like that. So we have to go, it's kind of constant," explained Kennedy.
Kennedy says his calls have gone up since the Red River started to recede.
"The water flooded all of their homes out, snakes live under rocks, live in the woods and things like that. And of course all of the water that we've had, all of the rain that we've had, is driving the snakes out and it's been driving all of their food out," said Kennedy. "We get in probably 3, 4, maybe 5 calls a week."
Kenny says most of his calls are from people who see the snakes and just want them gone.
"A lot of people, they still have a misunderstanding of snakes. It seems to be like an inbred fear, just people are born with that fear of snakes," said Kennedy.
Which is why he says it is important to call a professional to remove any slithering guest.
"Call somebody out there, I hate hearing about people almost getting bit, or getting hurt, things like that, trying to get a snake," said Kennedy.