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Wildlife experts: Snakes may show up on beaches after Montecito mudslides

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Wildfire officials warn snakes are being found disoriented and defenseless on beaches after the mudslides in Montecito. 

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network wrote on Facebook: "Due to the recent Montecito flood, a variety of snake species including gopher snakes, California king snakes, and western rattlesnakes have potentially been misplaced onto local beaches." 

At this time of year, snakes in southern California would be hibernating so wildfire experts say they aren't able to protect themselves in the unfamiliar environment of a sandy beach. 

Mike Eliason of Santa Barbara County Fire Department posted a photo to Twitter of a firefighter who found a "lethargic" gopher snake that was in a pile of cold debris. 

Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network says if you find a snake on a beach or anywhere else, call them at (805) 681-1080. 

Their trained volunteers will safely capture the snake, assess it for injuries, treat and release it back into its natural habitat. 

Many south coast beaches are closed due to high bacteria levels. 

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