Wildlife Update - Post FlorenceMany of our island's wildlife was displaced during the hurricane so please be careful as you travel around the island. You might run into wildlife that you wouldn't expect to see (alligators, snakes, etc.) but please leave them be. They are simply trying to find their way back home - just like all of us. If you see any wildlife that is out of place or injured, please call our wildlife hotline at 910-457-0089 x 5
More about Snakes:Several islanders have contacted us about seeing a lot of snakes since the hurricane. Given the extensive flooding, it could be expected that the snakes sought out shelter at high and dry locations near homes.
Historically, we have not had a large population of venomous snakes on the island, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any venomous snakes. This past summer, we were able to confirm that at least one cottonmouth was living on BHI. This link describes how you can distinguish a venomous cottonmouth (aka water moccasin) from a harmless water snake.
Among the common non-venomous snakes living on our island is the rat snake which can appear very similar to the venomous copperhead. Use this link to distinguish a copperhead from other common snake species. Snakes won’t come after you if you leave them alone, however, it is always best to exercise caution when looking around the nooks and crannies of your property!