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Leave your snake at home.

The same goes for your monkey … or your alligator … or your turtle.

You get the picture. They’re not welcome.

County commissioners this month unanimously adopted a resolution prohibiting reptiles and animals (other than registered service animals) from all county buildings.

County Attorney Ed Vogler said it was his understanding that people have brought dogs, cats, even monkeys and snakes into county buildings – causing concern from employees and residents alike.

“It is important for all employees and members of the public to feel safe and secure while in county-owned buildings,” the resolution read. It gives the county manager the authority to put up signs saying animals are prohibited.

It sounds like a no-brainer for a unanimous decision by the board, right?

Not so fast, said Eddie Leagans of Farmington, a retired Extension agent in Forsyth County. He said that more than once residents there brought in snakes for identification. Will that be allowed?

Vogler said it would.

The resolution was adopted unanimously.