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It’s time for the snake calls to begin.

Every spring and summer I receive many calls from people who have found snakes and/or snake skins around their home. No other creature provokes such feelings as do snakes.

Some people have a great fear of any snake.

Some think they make a great pet, while most people have an urge to kill any snake.

A major reason many people fear snakes is that some are venomous.

However, of the more than 50 kinds of snakes in Georgia, only six species, or less and 20 percent, are poisonous.

Venomous species found in Georgia are Eastern coral, pigny rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth, timber rattlesnake, and the Eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

In Dawson County, the two main types of venomous snakes are copperhead and timber rattlesnake.

Clark Beusse is the Dawson County extension agent. For more information, call (706)265-2442.