Firefighters remove snakes from 2 neighborhoods

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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.

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“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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