LAKE MARY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - With all the rain that Central Florida has encountered over the last week, some residents are having other close encounters of sorts, with slithery reptiles trying to escape the rising water.
"This is a cottonmouth water moccasin," Animal Trapper Bob Cross shows us, as he gestures to the venomous snake. "A couple was walking their dog, and there it was, right in front of them."
Cross has trapped three snakes in the last two weeks. One was four to five feet long.
"When it rains, all the low lands fill up with water," he says. "They like water, but they don't want to stay in water 24/7, so they're going to swim out of that area into higher ground. And that's exactly what's happening here."
Cross says the rain will bring out all snakes, not just venomous ones.
"If you see a snake, stay back away from it. Most people can't identify a snake vs a non venomous snake."
And if you're bitten?
"Time is of the essence with a snake bite. It's venom versus the body size --, the bigger the snake, the smaller the person, the more serious the bite's going to be."
Cross donates all his trapped snakes to the DeLand Discovery Reptile Center to produce anti-venom.
"By me saving the venomous snakes life and donate to them, then it will turn around at some point and save someone else."