Residents of Naperville say snakes have invaded their suburb. Actually, the slithering serpents they're seeing all over the Chicago suburb had been sleeping and are now awake and hungry.
CBS Chicago reported
that with the coming of spring, thousands of snakes are waking from an unusually long hibernation after a winter driven by the Polar Vortex, and their population seems to be surging like never before.
"I’ll have five and six of them on my bushes," said one local resident, Nancy Quigley. "They were twice as big as they were last year. They’re not afraid of me anymore."
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She said that mail carriers are afraid to bring packages to her house.
"He’ll see them and drop the package and run back to his truck," she said of the FedEx delivery man.
Snake expert David Drake of Aquarium Adventure said, "It’s unusual for them to be out and that prevalent. Now they’re out feeding in larger numbers. Also the recent rains and the floods are gonna drive these animals out of their burrow."
Drake, as well as the city's Animal Control division, said the snakes are mostly garters, which are not venomous and rarely attack. Nonetheless, they cautioned residents, telling them that unless they can identify the snakes they encounter, they should stay far away, as there are some venomous snakes indigenous to the area as well.
The Daily Mail pointed out
that some residents have been passing around a joke about the snakes via email and on social media. The joke involves an explicit, Photoshopped screenshot of Samuel L. Jackson from the movie "Snakes on a Plane."
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