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Snake problem concerns leaders at Coosada Elem. School

(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
(Source: WSFA 12 News) (Source: WSFA 12 News)
MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) -

An outdoor learning lab at Coosada Elementary School in Millbrook has created a science lesson no one planned to teach. As many as a dozen snakes have been spotted over the last week.

The snakes In the hall and even sunbathing on the sidewalks, sending unsuspecting teachers into fearful action.

"One of the teachers ran in and said they saw a snake in one of these buildings right here. Mr. Chris the custodian ran out, he got the snake and killed it," said Coosada Principal Jina Sanders.

Sanders suspects an overgrown classroom near the back of the school is the culprit.

"They've been pin pointed in two areas of the school [where the snakes have been seen], and that's closest to this outdoor classroom," Sanders said.

Thursday Sanders dispatched a bush hog to the school to clear off the land and the close wooded areas and professional trappers weren't far behind.

"We have a company out of Georgia coming to set some traps and baits, and work with us on a 7 day monitoring process as well as a monthly report," Sanders said.

Sanders describes the slithery visitors as non-venomous rat snakes.

"The are about 5 inches and very squirmish," Sanders said.

According to experts, this is the season when the eggs are hatching, so Sanders' team is on notice.

"They have been seen near the doors. The teacher always goes in first, so the teacher was able to maintain them back so they didn't come up to the door," Sanders said.

Sanders wants to ease parent's minds, explaining the school is taking every precaution to keep students safe and eradicate the problem. The school usually sees about five snakes a year due to the school's proximity to the woods.

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