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First responders in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana posted a warning on Saturday for areas with Hurricane Barry flooding.
“If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the flood waters as well,” reads the Facebook post from St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1.
The message had a collection of images attached, which show snakes on porches and fences.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness also re-posted a video from a Louisiana family who found a small alligator under their grill.
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As Louisiana continues to experience heavy rain and overflowing levees from Hurricane Barry, officials are reminding citizens to be wary of one of the less publicized side-effects of major flooding.

First responders in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana posted a warning on Saturday about snakes and other creatures who may turn up in unexpected places.

“If the area you live in has high water, watch out for snakes and other critters who are trying to escape the flood waters as well,” reads the Facebook post from St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1. The message had a collection of images attached, which show snakes on porches and fences.

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness also re-posted a video from a Louisiana family who found a small alligator under their grill.

“We’ve told you about the possibility of interaction with animals during a flood event,” reads the Twitter update.

We’ve told you about the possibility of interaction with animals during a flood event. Watch what happened to a family in Livingston Parish! (No animals were harmed while this video was recorded) #hurricanebarry #lawx pic.twitter.com/Xpb5DvjtEu

— Louisiana GOHSEP (@GOHSEP) July 13, 2019

Notably, when Hurricane Florence hit in 2018, officials in South Carolina warned of dangerous snakes from South Carolina’s wetlands getting displaced, hiding under debris, and possibly appearing in citizens’ homes.

Read more: Horrifying video shows dozens of cockroaches fighting to stay above Tropical Storm Barry floodwaters

According to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, most of the state’s snakes are harmless. There are, however, two categories of venomous snakes in Louisiana, which include species like copperhead, cottonmouth, and rattlesnakes.

Information on how to treat a snakebite can be found on the department’s website.

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Hurricane Barry is hitting Louisiana as the first hurricane of 2019. Here’s why storms are getting stronger, slower, and wetter.
12 people were evacuated from a tiny island when storm surge from Tropical Storm Barry flooded the only road off the island
Hurricane Barry is causing water to spill over river levees southeast of North Orleans — and much more rain is still coming

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Louisiana officials warn of snakes and other creatures fighting to escape Hurricane Barry floodwaters

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