One Weird Thing: Park Closes So Florida Water Snakes Can Get It On

In the weirdest Valentine’s Day news ever, the city of Lakeland, Florida posted on its Facebook page last Thursday that one of its parks would be closed to the public because Florida Water Snakes were congregating there for mating.  The Department of Parks and Recreation tried to reassure the public that this species is “non-venomous and generally not aggressive as long as people do not disturb them” and that  “[o]nce the mating is over they should go their separate ways.”  Whew!  Leave it to Fox News to come up with the killer headline “Florida snake orgy forces officials to close area of park.”  LOL!

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