HODGENVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Residents in Larue County say they have being seeing more deadly snakes this year than in the past.
"I've got a bunch around the pond, and down at my neighbor's I know I've ran over at least 10," said resident Johnathan Barnes.
Barnes says he's lived out in Larue County for more than a decade and all the sightings are making him nervous.
"I hate snakes in the area because I've got a three and five-year-old. I try to keep the grass short," said Barnes.
According to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the dry winter is causing snakes to come out more because they are looking for water.
James Kennedy says he's started shooting the snakes he is seeing.
"I carry a gun. I kill them," said resident Kennedy.
Kennedy and other residents say the number of snakes so far this is the highest they've seen in years, but the Larue County Health Department tells WHAS11 there have not been any reported snakes bites so far this year.
Barnes says the danger of an attack is still a scary reality for him and his family .
"We are not exactly on top of a hospital," said Barnes.
***Before deciding to kill a snake in your yard or garden, wildlife officials urge you to consider the many benefits of snakes. Snakes are one of nature’s most efficient mousetraps, killing and eating a variety of rodent pests. Although snakes will not eliminate pests, they do help keep their numbers in check. Some harmless snakes (king snakes, milk snakes, and black racers) eat other snakes, including venomous ones.