The mating season of snakes typically starts in mid-winter and stretches out in spring. During this season, snakes should be left undisturbed, which means humans need to stay away from them, even it means temporarily closing down an entire local park.
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Last week, residents from the city of Lakeland reported seeing plenty of coiled piles of snakes on the shore of Lake Hollingsworth. After investigating the problem, the authorities concluded that there was no way to circumvent the seasonal mating ritual. Thus, they decided to close down the lakeside hotspot with caution tape and increase public awareness. “It appears they have congregated for mating. They are non-venomous and generally not as aggressive as long as people do not disturb them,” the Parks and Recreation Department said on a Facebook post.
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According to Live Science, a science news website that features groundbreaking developments in science, space, technology, health, the environment, our culture and history, the two species mating in the park were the banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata fasciata) and the brown water snake (Nerodia taxispilota). Both of these species are found in wetlands around Florida and Alabama and as far north as Virginia, where they dine on fish, frogs, and other tiny wetland creatures.
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While these snakes are practically harmless to humans, some residents were still worried because they claimed to have seen water moccasins, which are venomous, among the snakes. Their bites not only cause severe pain and swelling but also death if left untreated. According to All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, the snakes chose the park's water-adjacent tree limbs as their mating spot.
“While we cannot rule out the presence of other species being in that location or other locations around the lake we believe the water snakes have congregated in that area as they seem to do yearly,” authorities said.