Yikes! With Rain, Snakes Appear

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MIDLAND- Since April we have seen more than 3 inches of rain, and with the most recent heavy rain fall -- it's great news for our water supply and our vegetation.

But there is also a downside. All of this rain combined with warm temps is also bringing plenty of snakes.

CBS 7's Kierra Powell explains how you can keep yourself safe.

Summer is a time for fun in the sun but we aren't the only ones coming out to play -- snakes also want in on the action.

Temperatures are getting warm outside and West Texas hosts dozens of snake species, and according to Michael Nickell with the Sibley Nature Center, with the recent heavy rains, their food supply has gone up and more are coming out.

Just because you live in the city doesn't mean you won’t see a snake in the city. While most are harmless,

There are a few to look out for, including rattlesnakes.

Here are a few ways to avoid an unwanted encounter.

Avoid putting your feet or hands in places you can’t see, avoid tall grass and be aware of your surroundings.

Because however scary they may be, they do serve a purpose.

I think that's the key---how they help not just us, but nature. If you do come across a snake just back away slowly and call animal control.

Nickell says most people get bitten when trying to kill a snake on their own.

To learn more about snake safety you can visit the Sibley Nature Center in Midland. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm.