By MONA NAIR6 News Reporter
KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Snake season has hit in Tennessee. Experts say you can expect to see a lot more of them.
Roughly 8,000 people in the United States are bitten by venomous snakes each year. This year that number could increase.
We have heard from a lot of people in our area who have seen snakes.
A mild winter, a lot of rain, and heat are all the ingredients for a mean snake season.
"Just this week we've had five snake calls, this week alone," said Doug Ashe, with Classic Wildlife Control.
A terrified Brenda Dean jumped on to the counter when she found a snake on her kitchen floor on Wednesday.
"I'm deathly afraid of snakes. I can't stand them," she said.
Luckily, Dean said, her husband picked up the copperhead with a stick and set it on fire in their burn barrel.
"Back off, don't try to pick it up yourself without knowing what it is," Ashe explained.
Ashe says snakes seek out cool places, like shade and water, or somewhere they can find food.
Dean says her home does not fall into either of those categories. She hopes this first snake scare will also be her last.
"If nobody's home, my gun will be out. That's my weapon against the snake," Dean said.
Ashe said if you get bitten by a snake, try to somehow save the snake so medical personnel will know exactly how to treat you.
The good news is, most snakes in Tennessee are non-venomous.