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Watch out for snakes in Colorado!

 Photo courtesy: CSPD
Photo courtesy: CSPD (KKTV)
Published: May. 25, 2019 at 5:16 PM MDT
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People aren't the only ones enjoying the nice weather this weekend! The Colorado Springs Police Department shared a photo of a bull snake that snuck up behind one of their officer's vehicles on Saturday.

While bull snakes are harmless, rattlesnakes are also making their way out in the nice weather.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) offers up a few tips that could help keep rattlesnakes off your property:

-- Do not landscape with expanses of large rocks, especially in open sunny areas.

-- Mow weeds and vegetation, and remove rocks, boards and debris.

-- Reduce the rodent population on your property to reduce a major food source for snakes.

-- Seal entrances to crawl spaces and basements.

CPW says if you encounter a prairie or massasauga rattlesnake (the only poisonous snakes in Colorado), simply back off. The snake senses your presence by your body heat and movement. In Colorado, rattlesnakes may be legally killed if they pose a threat. All other snakes are classified as nongame wildlife and are protected by law.