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Number of venomous snakes on the rise

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A new study shows the number of those venomous snakes is on the rise in south Georgia as the population of king snakes declines. King snakes aren't venomous, but they eat copperheads.The Natural Resource manager at Heehaw says you should be cautious any time you see a snake.

"Make sure you can positively identify a snake, never pick up a snake unless you're an expert and truly know what you're doing," said Ben Kirkland, Natural Resource Manager.

This new study did not look at why King snakes are declining, but other studies suggest habitat loss, pollution, and a large number of snakes run over on roads.

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