Avondale Estates issues warning about snake sightingsLake Avondale. Source: Avondaleestates.org
The city of Avondale Estates is warning residents about snakes sighted at Lake Avondale.
“Snake sightings have been reported in the water and along the edge of the banks at Lake Avondale,” a notice from the city says. “During this time of year and as the weather gets warmer, snakes have their young and come out to bask in the sun. The City urges the community to please be careful and alert when walking or playing around the lake.”
City Manager Clai Brown said the city sees the same issue every year.
“The snakes that have been sighted at the lake in the past have been Northern Water snakes (Nerodia sipedon),” Brown said.
According to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, “This species is often confused with the venomous cottonmouth (water moccasin), but cottonmouths have bands instead of blotches and their distribution is generally restricted to the Coastal Plain.”
Snake-removal.com says that while the snake isn’t venomous, “its bite does introduce a small amount of an anticoagulant which prevents the wound from healing properly.”