East Texas seeing more deadly snakes along with rain

All the rain we've been having lately is rousing an unwelcome guest: coral snakes.

"We've had a coral snake. We've also had other snakes here too. A copperhead, a real impressive hognose. That was a lot of fun," said Dallas homeowner Scott Cobern.

People who live just north of Interstate 20 and and east of Spur 408 in far southwest Dallas are used to seeing them in the summer, but now more are are being spotted elsewhere.

Herpetologist Daryl Sprout says you can blame the rain for these snakes, which usually hide on the forest floor or substrate. "But when he's fled the substrate, and all of it's completely waterlogged, that's when you start to see him above ground," Sprout said.

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