|Posted by Elwin Green on October 7, 2013 at 3:25 PM|
Is Homewood being infested with snakes, and if so, are they dangerous?
Shawn Carter, Councilman Ricky V. Burgess's chief of staff, moved to Homewood a couple of weeks ago, and called me this morning to say that in recent weeks, he has seen numerous snakes in Homewood. They have all been dead, having been run over by vehicles, but still...
"I've never seen snakes in Homewood," he said, referring to his childhood here. "I'd like to know where they're coming from."
He said that he would call the City's animal control division, but did not sound confident about the outcome.
"We bait for rodents, but I don't know if we bait for snakes."
He expressed special concern that the snakes may be copperheads, which are venomous. I tried calling the Pittsburgh Zoo for insight about what snakes might be in Homewood, but as of this writing, I have not yet reached anyone in herpetology.
After speaking with Mr Carter, I took a walk, and didn't have to go far to confirm his report. I took the picture above on Homewood Avenue at Fuschia Way.
Have you noticed snakes in Homewood lately? If so, where? If enough people report them, perhaps we can get a better idea of where most of them are, where they might be coming from, and how to avoid them.