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What do Snakes Do When it Rains?

Rain is weather that many animals enjoy and welcome. This also includes our snake population. Snakes like nothing better than humid weather and overcast skies. Their absolute ideal scenario is the hours following a storm. We know that the rain will bring the snakes out and the main reason for this is their love of frogs as a tasty treat.

You should be aware of when and where you let your pets play when it is raining. You may find them closer to your home than usual. They could be in outhouses, sheds, and garages looking for some shelter or somewhere quiet to enjoy their feast! If you come across one just leave it alone and in peace. It is unlikely to challenge you unless it feels threatened.

Another consequence of the rain is particularly apparent when we have had a lot of rain. Our wettest months are January and February. During these months the snakes’ homes can be flooded therefore forcing the snake out. This results in them looking for new places to call home. The combination of warm weather, rain, and clouds will result in the snakes being more active. The more active they are the more they need to find food, hence they will be looking for an easy source.

Snakes just love amphibians, rats and mice. As they tend to emerge come after the rain, that is when you stand a good chance of coming across snakes. Be aware that the snake food sources may be near storage buildings, garages, decks, pools, and houses. These are the areas to take care in particularly during the rainy season.

During and after eating, the snake can be found basking in places like driveways. They can also be found enjoying walkways and under rocks where they can enjoy a big meal that helps with their digestion. Landscaped areas, generously, offer fabulous hiding spots for breeding and eating. They can be a real aid to the snakes’ survival.

If you come across a snake, you should not run. If it is safe to do so you should walk away. Take two steps backward and then turn around and leave the snake alone. You could get in touch with a professional snake relocation expert to take care of the snake. They will relocate the snake to a safe area that allows them to continue with their business!

During the rainy season, our advice is simple. Keep bushes and shrubs clear in order that you can easily see around them. Keep debris and rubbish away from the home and cut low limbs on trees. Try to not leave tree stumps to rot after cutting instead get them removed properly and professionally.

You should also do your best to ensure that the areas under A/C units and landscaping rocks in closed-off – these make perfect hiding spots for snakes.

If you are unfortunate enough to be bitten by a snake, you should treat it as if it were venomous. Remove all constricting clothing, watches, and jewellery. Do your very best to keep calm and keep the injured limb still. You should seek medical attention at once or go to a hospital to be treated by a professional. You should not apply ice, cut out the fang marks, or use a tourniquet. Again, if you don’t know which species of snake has bitten you, you should treat the bite as if it has been caused by a venomous snake.

If you need help or have a question, Pat Lazzaro is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Just ask!

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