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Mating snakes prompt closure of part of Florida park

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Posted at 7:01 AM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 08:02:17-05

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A Florida city shut down a section of lake after receiving reports that numerous snakes had swarmed the area to have sex.

The Lakeland Parks & Recreation department wrote on its Facebook page Thursday that a group of non-venomous water snakes congregated to mate near a traffic roundabout.

City officials said the snakes aren't aggressive as long as they aren't disturbed, adding that once mating is finished, they should disperse.

Water snakes are native to Florida.

Florida water snakes are a native species and as their name implies, aquatic environments are their habitat. They are generally found resting in tree limbs over water or basking on shorelines. They are an important part of the ecosystem and should not be disturbed, the page said.