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Enfield residents cautious after rattlesnake spotted in town

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A snake expert from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to Enfield on Wednesday. (WFSB) A snake expert from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to Enfield on Wednesday. (WFSB)
ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

People, who live in Enfield, were on high alert after reports surfaced on social media of a rattlesnake slithering through one city neighborhood.

A snake expert from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was called to Raffa Road on Wednesday to see if they could locate the animal.

The alert started with a Facebook post in Enfield’s community forum. A concerned resident claimed his parents were warned about a snake while out for a walk with their dog.

"Now, I have to listen to a rattle before I walk any place,” Daniel Steele, of Enfield, said. “I'm going to definitely pay attention to that."

Every night, Steele said he walks around his neighborhood with his young daughter.

While he's always watching out and aware of his surroundings, Steele said he's now going to be extra careful after hearing a rattlesnake was spotted nearby.  

"It's alarming, but I'm not surprised,” Steele said.

Someone posted *this to on Facebook.

One person wrote "my parents live in the Raffia Road area. Someone stopped them while they were walking their dog to warn them that a rattle snake is on the loose."

Dozens of people commented on the post. One person even attached a photo and said it was sent to them on Tuesday.

"I don't want to get bit by one,” Tom Kealey, of Enfield, said.

For Kealey, who strolls near Raffia Road all the time, he said he knows to keep his distance.

"If I see one coming, I'll go the other way,” Kealey said.  

The DEEP said rattlesnakes aren't common in Enfield. Based on the photo Eyewitness News showed them, they believe this snake could have been in captivity and managed to escape or was released by its owner.

DEEP said it looks healthy and well-fed.

"I would be glad that they would check it out and hopefully they could find it,” Steele said.

Both the Enfield police and fire departments didn't receive any calls about this snake.

But, police and firefighters maintain if people happen to see the animal to report it to authorities immediately.

"I would stay away from it,” Kealey said.

Some people were wondering after no one had seen or reported the snake if it was all part of the popular new game Pokemon Go. There is a snake in the game.

Folks have posted to Facebook surmising someone misheard that initial warning and were questioning where that photo came from.

Eyewitness News reached out the company for a comment, but has not heard back from Pokemon Go.

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