The entire family is invited to enjoy a fun-filled day at the annual Fire Prevention Week Open House sponsored by Sarasota County Emergency Services. The open house will be held from10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 8, at Fire Station No. 5, 400 N. Beneva Road. Admission and refreshments are free.
It's time to clean out the garage and gather discarded household items, junk and yard waste. Sarasota County will hold its annual free community cleanup in the Osprey/Vamo area from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 8.
The Sarasota County elections office has begun sending vote-by-mail (absentee) ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election to absent stateside military voters and overseas military and civilian voters. Domestic vote-by-mail ballots will be mailed beginning Oct. 4.
Early-bird registration is now open for Sarasota County's 11th Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop, to be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida Event and Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.
At the Lakeview Park Clean-Up, some residents were picking up some branches of a tree when a dangerous Water Moccasin slithered out and dashed into the water. It might be useful to know one when you see it, but the differences between the venomous Florida Water Moccasin (or Cottonmouth) and the wholly harmless Water Snake can be subtle. Here are a few images and links that might help. First, here's a Water Moccasin
Another shot of a Water Moccasin (click for a huge image):
Here's the plain old harmless Florida Water Snake:
Another clue (thanks Ray):
When in water, Water Moccasins move on top of the water - almost as if they were gliding on the surface, like this:
Water Moccasins are to be met with extreme caution. "When a moccasin is nesting or has her young in their nest it will aggressively defend that area," says Ray. "Moccasins have aggressively attacked people."
Water Snakes tend to be partly submerged, partly out of the water, more like this: