"It may happen more than we realize because these snakes are more active at night. it could be that they're out there more than we realize, but it's not likely," said Biologist David Bishop with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
says the milder weather may be the reason why some people are seeing more cottonmouths across the city.
"It is possible there could be a slight increase in cottonmouths from say maybe 2 winters ago when we had a big winter," stated Bishop
said people should not be worried about being bitten by the venomous snake as long as they keep their distance.
"It's really rare for a person to get bit and especially bit and die from a snake.
You're more likely to get struck by lighting," said Bishop
added anyone who sees a cottonmouth near their home or even on a beach should call a wildlife nuisance control specialist to remove the snake.