Remembering “Snakes on Palmer Blvd”


SARASOTA COUNTY- A year ago this week, Sarasota County could have used Indiana Jones, when the community turned into a real life horror film, as snakes took over Palmer Blvd.

Slippery, slimy banded water snakes emerging from a pond at dusk, left locals asking ‘Why did the snakes cross the road?’

It turned the Average-Joe into a snake handler. Dozens helping snakes stay in their lane, unfortunately, hundreds of snakes never made it across. But, a lot of them did! It didn’t happen without one or two snakes biting the hands that saved them.

But kids, don’t try this at home, the snakes weren’t poisonous, just little guys trying to find new water.

The “Snake Gate” of 2016, left many of us saying, “Only in Sarasota.”

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Lynden Blake
Lynden Blake is an Auburn University graduate with a degree in journalism. As an aspiring sportscaster she has worked in many media outlets. She’s currently a news and sports reporter for Suncoast News Network in Sarasota, Florida. Previously she interned for Fox Sports Florida where she worked with the production team during Tampa Bay Rays games and freelanced for covering the Miami Heat during the 2015 NBA Summer League. She shadowed at WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Ga. her last semester in Auburn. Previously, she was a staff writer for Tallapoosa Publishers Inc. and did many television and radio gigs for Sportz Blitz and AHSAA Radio Network. As a Tigerette at Auburn she hosted the nation’s top football prospects on game-day visits and official visits during the off season. She has always had passion for sports as she was a three-sport athlete in high school playing softball and basketball and cheering for Benjamin Russell High School.