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Park Partially Closes Due To Snake Orgy On Valentine's Day

A park in Florida has been forced to partially close after hordes of serpents were spotted mating in the grass.

Dozens of snakes congregated near a roundabout in Lake Hollingsworth, southwest of Orlando for a Valentine's Day rendezvous, according to the local government.

"It appears they have congregated for mating. They are non-venomous and generally not aggressive as long as people do not disturb them," the City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation wrote on Facebook.

Florida water snake in Myakka, Florida. Image: Getty

"Once the mating is over they should go their separate ways."

The department said the snakes were harmeless Florida water snakes.

"They are generally found resting in tree limbs over water or basking on shorelines. They are an important part of the ecosystem and should not be disturbed," the department said.

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Resident Tim Newberry alerted the department after spotting 25 snakes at the park.

"For anyone who walks [or] runs at Lake Hollingsworth: Be extremely cautious if you go around the bench... The [snakes] are on the ground and in the trees," Newberry wrote on Facebook.

He said a man who lived across the street to where the snakes were spotted had counted more than 50 snakes in previous years.

"We have put up caution tape in the area and are in the process of hanging signs to make the public aware of their presence," the City of Lakeland Parks and Recreation said.

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