By Veronica Scoggins

Staff Writer

Animal control facilities in the area have received more complaints about snakes this year than in past years.

“I’ve had four calls recently with big, 4-foot bull snakes coming into people’s garages or tool sheds,” said Rodney Mueggenborg, animal control officer in Kingfisher.

Enid animal control has received 10 phone calls from people with snake problems in their homes.

“We received more complaints from residents and from people around Government Springs spotting snakes than we usually do,” Enid Police Department Sgt. Eric Holtzclaw said. “But that was only during the particularly wet weather. It has calmed down since.”

Enid animal control also received one call from a person who found a large turtle in the back yard, he said. Although not as scary as snakes, the number of toads in the area has increased, too, because of the wet spring and early summer.

“Last year, we were having a dry spell at this time and didn’t have any problems with snakes,” Holtzclaw said. “It is all weather related.”

The unusually wet weather has made the snakes seek higher ground, such as homes and sheds, Mueggenborg said.

“I have seen a lot more snakes and frogs this year,” he said. “But, as Mother Nature takes its course, I think they will go back to their natural habitat.”

However, Oklahoma Animal Control Center in Jet has not had an increase in calls, animal control officer Pamela Sands said.

“We usually have a high number of calls after the snake hunt, but not right now,” she said. “It has been quieter than usual.”

Mueggenborg said to prevent snakes from entering a home, owners should make sure to secure their buildings.

“Snakes can find their way in through the smallest little crevice,” he said. “So keeping things shut tightly can help keep them out.”

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