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LAWRENCE, Kan. (KAKE) - Parks officials in Kansas say that with heavy rains and warmer weather, snakes, including copperheads, become more active. 

Watch your step! Lawrence Parks and Recreation said on Facebook. "With heavy rains and warmer weather, snakes (including copperheads) become more active in many of our parks, their natural habitat, as they venture out and explore."

Officials said the increased activity can lead to more encounters with people and pets. 

"If you see a copperhead or other snake, leave it alone– do not attempt to capture, harm or approach it," the department said. "All park wildlife is protected by law."

Click here for more information on Kansas snakes, their habitats and which ones are venomous.