MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Biologists say fall is a great time to spot snakes and they’re asking for the public’s help in keeping track of Vermont’s 11 snake species.

This time of year snakes can be spotted moving to their winter den sites.

Experts say when temperatures near the 60s after a hard frost, many species of snake will warm up enough to start moving uphill and can be easy to spot.

State biologists say Vermont’s snakes are generally harmless and play an important role in the ecosystem such as eating rodents like mice and voles, which carry ticks that spread Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. Some smaller snakes eat slugs and snails.

Anyone who spots a snake is asked to report it to VtHerpAtlas.org or directly to Jim Andrews at jandrews@middlebury.edu.

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