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Snakes reported near Socorro residences
By: Jesse Martinez
SOCORRO, Texas Socorro residents still feeling the impact of last month's storm are asked to be careful while they clean up because of unwelcome and dangerous visitors.
As the ground gets waterlogged and burrows fill up, different types of snakes including rattlesnakes were seen near peoples' homes.
Officials at the El Paso Zoo said snakes usually hatch in mid-to-late summer, which leads to even more of the reptiles in the area competing for food.
"A lot of the holes got filled up with water, so snakes were pushed out of their holes, and the cooler temperatures are making it easier for them to come out during the day. So, people are seeing snakes more often right now," said Rick Lobello of the El Paso Zoo.
Lobello said that as the days and nights get colder, residents will begin to see fewer snakes. Because of that weather change, those cold-blooded reptiles will need to hibernate during the winter.