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Posted: April 26, 2017

Snakes dumped in Walmart parking lot

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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PARAGOULD, Ark. —

Police in Paragould, Arkansas said someone may have dumped dozens of snakes in the parking lot of the popular box store.

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Calls came in Sunday night. Many thought they were dangerous poisonous snakes like copperheads or water moccasins, KAIT reported. Luckily one of the police officers knew the slithery serpents and determined they were all not venomous.

No one was hurt, but police warn that the snake surplus could have had a different outcome.

“It could cause a panic with people trying to get away,” Detective Jack Hailey told KAIT.

No one is facing charges, but if someone was caught, they could face at least disorderly conduct of causing alarm to a public place, Hailey said. And if some would have gotten hurt, charges could reflect the injury.

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Jerome Roddenberry was bitten April 9 by a 5 1/2 foot rattlesnake at the River Ranch hunting grounds. 

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He told firefighters that the bite didn't hurt but "things got bad fast."

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Dry conditions could mean more venomous snake sightings, experts say

The ongoing drought could bring danger slithering right into Floridians' yards.

The dry conditions mean the most venomous snakes in Central Florida are on the move.

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Herpetologist Bob Cross said low water levels in many lakes and swamps means snake sightings are more likely to happen in neighborhoods.

“It’s very frightening to think that they’re that they’re that close to a house,” said Longwood resident Candy Bauer. "I don't feel the same about my backyard."

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She found a cottonmouth in her backyard this week and called Cross to relocate the animal.

“Usually when people saw that, it’s a harmless water snake," Cross said. "But in this case, the lady was right."

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He said the dry weather is forcing the cottonmouths and other snakes to seek water elsewhere.

"He’s going to be traveling like the gators,” Cross said.

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He said a bite from a cottonmouth would cause severe pain and swelling.

"We'd be calling 911 and a helicopter for you," Cross said.

The snake found in Bauer’s yard will be sent to a facility in DeLand which will use it to produce anti-venom.

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