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Non-Venomous Snakes Of Virginia Beach Are Coming Out Of Hibernation

Warm weather means more time outside and more exploring your own backyard. This also means creepy crawlies coming out of hibernation to grace us with their presence, whether we asked for it or not. These non-venomous snakes of Virginia Beach are coming out to play right now so you better watch where you step. 

Snakes are making their appearance in Virginia Beach already. It seems like most creatures thrive and come out of their shell when the weather begins to warm up. 

Rainbow snakes are the most popular in the area, and there have already been sightings of these near the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

If you're a rainbow and mud snake lover, this season is pretty much the only time you'll see them because they're subterranean, according to The Virginia Pilot

The rainbow snakes you're likely to see will often be in ditches or hidden underwater in swamps or creeks. You can also see some in hardwood forests and open fields. 

You can recognize them by their three red stripes on their black back. Their bellies are often a red or pink color and there's yellow on their sides and on their head.

They're usually anywhere between 27 to 48 inches in length. 

The mud snake is very similar to its rainbow relative — it's black and shiny and has red lines on its side.

It can also be found in swamps and marshes and usually, they stay hidden as well. In the spring, they come out from hiding to mate. 

They're a little longer than their rainbow counterpart, coming in at 40 to 54 inches.

While you'll rarely come across these snakes, springtime is your best opportunity to see them while on a hike or walk around the woods. Both are harmless, so don't worry if you happen to see one. 

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