snakes in Logan County?
Could be, but probably harmless
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[September 25, 2014]
LINCOLN - This week in Girard, utility
workers reported to flaggers working at the site of new railway
tracks that they saw snakes come out of a railcar. A snake was found
in Girard and killed on Monday, and then sent to Blackburn College
The rail cars have been bringing in ballast and rock for the new
rail line. Halvertson Construction has been conducting the project,
which also has track work taking place in Logan County.
The materials the company has been using have been brought up from
southern Missouri, where there are rattle snakes.
Concern for public safety caused the company to contact emergency
Logan County Emergency Management director, Dan Fulscher said he had
been contacted about the concern on Monday night at 9 p.m.
The flashlights came out and there has been a thorough inspection of
the Lincoln area where there has been rail construction going on,
and nothing was found.
On Tuesday morning, September 24th, Fulscher learned that the snake
killed in Girard has been identified as a rat snake. It is not a
rattle snake and if there are other snakes, they are probably rat
snakes as well.
According to Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_snake
Rat snakes are docile, eat rodents and pose not threat to humans.
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However, to be safe, he has in contact with medical and
response agencies. Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Emergency
Room, the Logan County Paramedics Association, 911 Dispatch, EMA
and the Lincoln Police Department are all on alert.
Fulscher complimented construction company officials for their
response, "Halvertson has bent over backward to make sure people