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.”