August 19, 2003 - Posted at: 8:01 a.m. CDT
Forrest City, AR -- State Game & Fish Commission officials are warning that late summer may bring unwanted visitors slithering into residential areas.
Several snakes have been found in residential areas of Forrest City, including a five-foot timber rattlesnake that was rounded up recently.
Commission officer Mike McCormack says the rattler was the largest he's ever seen. He says the snakes are coming out of the woods looking to fatten up before going into their dens for the winter.
McCormack says people should be especially careful around high grass or in wooded areas, but should be prepared to find snakes most anywhere in late summer.
And of course, McCormack says, stay away from any snakes sighted.