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WILD facts: When snakes chill out
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Snakes are cold-blooded, or ectothermic, which means their body temperature matches their surroundings. For example, if the temperature outside is 32 degrees Fahrenheit, a snake’s body temperature is close to freezing.

The colder the weather, the less active a snake will be, which is why you’re less likely to see snakes in winter. Be on the lookout on 60-degree or warmer days, though, as snakes become more active. Even in winter, you could find a snake warming in a sunny spot, perhaps in the middle of your favorite hiking trail. Don’t be alarmed. Simply, watch where you’re stepping and walk around the snake.


WILD Facts is a regular feature written by Linda May, a wildlife interpretive specialist with the Georgia DNR.

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