The animals have been identified as harmless local aquatic snakes. « They are an important part of the ecosystem and should not be disturbed, » insisted the parks and gardens department of the city of Lakeland, Florida.
A decision made « to protect the public and snakes ». In the United States, a city in Florida closed part of its park on Thursday, February 13. The reason ? Residents have spotted dozens of snakes there. « It seems that they have gathered to mate « , the parks and gardens department of Lakeland, between Tampa and Orlando, explained on Facebook with a photo of a snake seen near Hollingsworth Lake.
« They are not poisonous and generally not aggressive, as long as people do not bother them », said the city’s parks and gardens department on Facebook. « Once mating is complete, they should start on their own. »
The animals have been identified as harmless local aquatic snakes. « They are most often found resting on tree branches above the water or basking in the sun on the banks », according to the municipality. « They are an important part of the ecosystem and should not be disturbed. »