Baby water snakes slither in Louisiana Capitol basement

Published On: May 28 2013 07:10:15 AM HST
State Capitol


Snakes are slithering around the basement of Louisiana's State Capitol. And Democrats and Republicans have the same question.

When The Advocate asked state Rep. Terry Landry about them, the New Iberia Democrat asked, "We're talking about real snakes; not the two-legged kind?"

State Rep. Joe Harrison, a Napoleonville Republican, said, "Are we talking about snakes that slither or the kind of snakes with last names?"

Baby water snakes have been curled up in closets, crawling across the carpet in basement-level committee rooms and coiled in a bathroom corner. So far, they've all been on the House side.

State wildlife biologist Jeff Boundy says water snakes generally look for low ground, and these probably got in under doors.

Workers recently installed weather stripping to help keep snakes out.


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