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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Family deals with deadly snake problem

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Stacy Griffin says the first venomous snake showed up at her home on Sycamore drive last Wednesday, then another Saturday; one more on Sunday and a fourth Cottonmouth Moccasin Monday that her husband Steve killed.

"It fanned up at him and everything. The animal control came out. One of them was a couple of feet long and the other was about a foot long," Stacy Griffin said.

"The last snake that I killed was about where that back tire is," Steve Griffin said.

After spotting the first snake, Steve went to Lowe's and bought snake repelling granules to put in the yard.

"We've put that out so far and we still had two more snakes," Steve Griffin said.

Not a surprise to wildlife biologist Mark Sasser with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He says they're not effective.

"That's not a very good deterrent for snakes," Sasser said.

Like most families, the Griffin's store tree limbs in their backyard to later use as fire wood, but experts say that along with leaves and other debris can attract snakes, so it's best to clear those items and have a well-groomed lawn.

"The biggest thing we tell people to prevent snakes from their yard is to keep it clean, keep their grass mowed, not a lot of thick shrubbery. Get your neighbors to do the same things and you will have less snakes," Sasser said.

Sasser says when it warms up, snakes are actively looking for insects and rodents to eat. Those creatures often live beneath the debris in your yard or in standing water. There's a ditch that's close to the Griffin's home.

"I've tried to get some help with our drainage ditch that's three houses down from us. I haven't slept in three nights. I'm afraid to go in my backyard. You know I don't want them bit. I don't want my kids bit," Stacy Griffin said.

The Griffins say a snake bit the family dog a few years ago and are praying they are not next.

Sasser says it's a good idea to learn the types of venomous snakes. You can do that by visiting www.outdooralabama.com

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