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Rising waters bring unexpected visitors

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You may find snakes in unexpected places as the waters rise. (KTEN) You may find snakes in unexpected places as the waters rise. (KTEN)
You may find snakes in unexpected places as the waters rise. (KTEN) You may find snakes in unexpected places as the waters rise. (KTEN)

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- You never know what might be lurking in those murky Texoma floodwaters.

Snakes, turtles, and other reptiles are becoming a more regular sight, especially if you live near areas that flood.

"The water is about 10 feet higher than it normally is, so when water comes up like that it naturally will displace some wildlife and cause it to be higher up in the uplands than it typically would be," said Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge deputy manager Paul Balkenbush.

Experts say to be sure not to make your home a prime target for unwanted wildlife.

"If you have more animals in the area because of floodwaters, and you're feeding animals outside, you may actually be attracting them to your household," Balkenbush said.

Denison resident Jeff Redman added this warning:

"Always try to kick your boots when you're walking in tall grass ... looking out for the copperheads, which are really camouflaged," he said.

Keep in mind that flooding and the displacement of wildlife isn't out of the ordinary.

"A lot of Lake Texoma is in a flood plain, so these are naturally occurring events," Balkenbush said. "The animals here have evolved to be used to floods and high water levels and rising creeks and that kind of thing."

Officials say if you do see any kind of wildlife, just leave it alone. They'll be able to survive on their own.

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