Summer heat, abundant prey bring out snakes in southern Colorado

Summer heat abundant prey bring out snakes

PUEBLO, Colo. - Snakes are showing up in people's backyards, gardens, and window wells and are even getting caught in doors.

A 14-year-old was even bit by a snake getting off of a boat on Lake Pueblo on Tuesday, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. He was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. 

Diann, a dog owner in Penrose, said she is seeing them show up now more than ever before.

"I've seen more snakes in a week than I have they whole time I've lived here. We've lived here over 20 years," Diann said.

Her puppy, Kinzy, was out in the yard on Memorial Day and got bitten by a rattlesnake.

"Her lip was starting to swell and she was crying when she touched it." Diann said.

On hot days, rattlesnakes like to hide in shady areas. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says if you see a snake under a tree, you should step away and give it space.

Wildlife Officer Mike Trujillo says there aren't more snakes, they are just appearing more often.

"What you see is just an increase in rodents, in the prey that the snakes are going after, and right now there's an abundance of them," Trujillo said.

Since the attack, Diann has put a fence up around her yard and bricks under her gate to keep the snakes out, but she says she is still shaken up.

"It creeps you out. It big-time creeps you out. We have grandkids, so I'm watching them like a hawk in making sure that, you know, when they're out here, I'm watching them and there is nothing around," Diann said.

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