Snake season is upon us (even in Johnson County) — Here’s what you need to know

Copperhead sightings have been reported in nearby Douglas County. Local parks officials say the warmer summer months are when snakes are more active and likely to be encountered outdoors. Photo via Lawrence Parks and Recreation Facebook page.

As the weather continues to warm up across the region, areas around Johnson County are reporting an uptick in snake sightings — including some venomous species — and local parks officials here are giving tips for what walkers and hikers should do if they encounter these slithering creatures.

Copperhead sightings: It hasn’t happened in Johnson County so far, but parts of eastern Kansas are reporting sightings of copperheads, which are poisonous.