As people make their way back into their homes following the flood, they may find something other than just mud and debris.

The flood waters flushed out wildlife like snakes from their homes and into the houses of people struggling with flood waters.

Click the video above to see what two types of local venomous snakes look like.

We spoke with Steve Kennedy of Steve's Snaketuary on what you need to know if you come across a snake.

Kennedy, a snake expert, stays busy teaching others about his slithery friends.

He runs Steve's Snaketuary with his wife and little ones, responding to calls throughout the area to catch and relocate snakes.

Lately, they've been busy responding to calls from frantic residents -- encountering snakes during the 2015 flood.

"I get calls every day about people having snakes in their house. They're not sure what kind it is, of course people freak out over snakes," he said.

When it floods, snakes are pushed out from the logs and holes they dwell in.

"They kind of get flooded out of their homes, and of course with the rain it floods out their food. Snakes are constantly out looking for food," said Kennedy.

Kennedy says people often get venomous and non-venomous snakes confused.

"A lot of people talk about the head shape or the eyes," he said. "I really tell a lot people, don't get close enough to look at a snake. We actually have a venomous snake here that does not have cat slit eyes, people talk about that, but you can't really go by that either."

Kennedy adds, "if you don't know what a snake is lease leave it alone, don't try to kill it. Because a lot of people say it's out to hurt them but it's really not. And when they try to kill the snake, the snake actually bites them. And that's how a lot of people get bit."

There are two local venomous snakes to watch out for, a copperhead snake and a water moccasin.

Kennedy used bite proof gloves to show us a baby water moccasin.

"They have more of a lightning bolt pattern," he said. "They do have a defense, when you walk up on them they have their mouths wide open. And their mouths are white on the inside like cotton, that's why they're called cottonmouths."

As they get older, water moccasins lose their patterns, turning into a more solid, darker color.

On the other hand, a copperhead will always be this lighter color, even as they get older.

"As you can see with the copperhead, it looks like Hershey's kisses on the side or it looks like an hourglass if you look at it from the top," said Kennedy.

There are even rattlesnakes in Louisiana. If you get bit by a snake and don't know if it's venomous, Kennedy says to stay calm and head to the hospital immediately.

"Because you don't want your heart rate to go up to make that venom go through your body faster. Do not use a tourniquet, do not use ice on a venomous snake bite. That causes more tissue necrosis at that site," he said.

Snakes like rat snakes can swim in water, but they are not venomous as scary as they may look.

"These are two non venomous water snakes. This one here is a yellow bellied water snake. And this one is a diamond back water snake. And a lot of people get these two confused with water moccasins or cottonmouths. They do look very similar, they have similar colors. They can flatten their head into a diamond or triangle shape, and that's why people get them confused with a venomous snake," said Kennedy.

In his experience, Kennedy says myths like using sulphur or mothballs to keep snakes away -- doesn't work.

"It just stinks up your house," he said. "I know with the flooding it's going to bring out more snakes. the best advice I can tell you to do is keep your yard clean, I know it's hard to cut the grass now because of all the rain but if you have things piled up, clean it up because snakes are looking for a place to hide."

With the area not quite out of the woods yet with flooding, Kennedy hopes to help more people understand these elusive creatures.

"If you go to mess with it, it's going to try and defend itself, so it's a natural response," said Candyce Johnson, who watched Kennedy's presentation. "As humans, if someone tries to harm us, we're going to defend ourselves, too."

"Snakes are not out to get people, not out to hurt people. Snakes are not out to chase you, yes, snakes can be aggressive, but the problem is, we can get out in their territory," he said.

Kennedy does have a state permit to keep the venomous and larger snakes.

During flood clean up, if you see a large snake near your home that you are not familiar with, call Steve's Snaketuary at 318-525-6241.

Snakes are also playing a role in saving lives. Kennedy helps gather snake venom to be used for medicinal purposes -- certain proteins are used to help stroke victims and find cures for cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's disease.


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