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Snake Season in Texoma

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SHERMAN, TX--- As warm temperatures return to Texoma, so do the snakes. Art Harmon of Results Environmental Pest Management has already received several phone calls this spring from people dealing with snake problems.

"We've already responded to multiple snake calls," Harmon said. "Snakes are coming out of hibernation, so they're beginning to move around."

Harmon said Texoma is home to many different species of snakes.

"In this area we deal with the Copperhead and the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin, but most commonly we deal with the Texas Rat Snake," Harmon said.

The Copperhead and the Cottonmouth Water Moccasin are poisonous.

"Most commonly they're going to be in high grass, wood piles or bushes," veterinarian Ken Lawrence of Texoma Veterinary Hospital said. "Most of the time they're not going to be in the middle of a manicured lawn."

Harmon said if you do see a snake, there are ways to get rid of it.

"We use a lot of repellents," Harmon said. "They range from chemical repellents to natural products."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that about 8,000 people and 15,000 cats and dogs get bit by a venomous snake each year. Experts said if you're bitten by a snake, call 911 and if your pet is bitten by a snake, call a veterinarian.

"We recommend that they immediately call and we will take them in," Lawrence said.

Lawrence said he commonly treats a snake bite by giving the animal some pain medication and antihistamines. Doctors said there are various ways to treat snake bites depending on the type and severity of the bite.