EL CAJON, Calif. -- San Miguel Fire and Rescue responded to a snake removal call in the Rancho San Diego neighborhood of El Cajon, where they found a large king snake on Sundale Road.
In the above picture, posted to the San Miguel Fire and Rescue's Instagram account, Firefighter Paramedic Parra was photographed holding the non-venomous king snake, which was found near a residential area west of Jamacha Road on Sundale Road.
The fire-rescue team took the opportunity to warn San Diego County residents that warm weather attracts both venomous and non-venomous snakes and to be cautious when coming into contact with one.
Several hours later, firefighters with the Bonita-Sunnyside Fire Department shared a photo of their own snake removal efforts, with Fire Captain Dan Genevicz holding two gopher snakes (also nonvenomous) after removing them from a backyard Friday.
"Some fire departments catch one snake at a time. We prefer two," the department said in the photo's caption, tagging San Miguel firefighters in its post on Facebook.
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🐍 A firefighter crew was called out to a home in Rancho San Diego Friday to remove this non-venomous king snake, according to San Miguel Fire and Rescue. A reminder to be cautious out there as more snakes, including rattle snakes, are seen this time of year due to the warmer weather. Tap link in bio for more. 📷: @sanmiguelfire #snakesighting #kingsnake #thankyoufirefighters