Backyard Snake Safety - Texas Home and Garden

As the temperature increases so does the likelihood you’ll encounter a snake. Snakes are primarily active between March and November and they’re no stranger to areas we inhabit because they commonly feed on rodents, lizards, amphibians, and other snakes. Our landscaping, pools, houses, and garages provide plenty of incentive to come around. You may also see an increase in snake activity if there’s construction nearby. Here are some tips for avoiding unfortunate encounters.

Keeping Snakes Away from Your Home

It is possible to create an environment that’s less appealing to snakes. Keep your grass cut short and keep your shrubs and trees neatly manicured. Trim your trees to ensure that there’s at least three feet of space between the ground and the other limbs. After trimming and weeding in your yard immediately dispose of the debris pile. Do not pile up firewood on your property as it’s an obvious hiding place for snakes. If you keep animals on your property make sure to secure their food stores in order to cut down on any potential rodent population that attracts snakes. Make sure your garbage cans are securely covered at all times. Snakes like dark damp areas to hide in. Make sure you have removed any of these potential hiding spots. It’s also a good idea to block access to places that snakes enjoy like under your deck, porch, and home.

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Top to bottom: Coral snake, Cottonmouth, Copperhead, & Rattlesnake

Preventing Encounters

First and foremost, be observant. Look around and never put your hands or feet where you can’t see them. If you have to venture outside in the dark take a flashlight to illuminate the ground and don’t forget to put your shoes on. If you do see a snake do not turn around and run. Calmly take a few steps backward and observe the direction the snake goes and then calmly walk away. You may want to take a picture to provide to a professional who can come out and remove snakes from your property. Overall, leave the snake alone! Do not attempt to pick it up or catch it. Don’t try to kill it. Almost every single snake bite can be attributed to people who provoked the snake. If the snake is in your backyard send children and pets inside and keep a distance from the snake.  Again most every strike from a snake is self-defense.

If Someone Gets Bitten

Take some time to get to know what venomous snakes live in your area. There are about 250 species in the US and out of that only four of them are venomous. That said all four of them live in Texas. These snakes are the copperhead, cottonmouth, coral snake, and the rattle snake and you should familiarize yourself with them as much as possible. If bitten do not waste time trying to catch or kill the snake. Call 911 to seek medical attention from doctors and hospitals that are experienced in treating snake bites. Do not try to suck venom out of the wound. Do not apply heat or ice; do not apply any sort of tourniquet. Remain as calm as possible and remove rings and other restrictive jewelry.

Resources

Make sure that you find out what professionals exist around you before you encounter a snake. You don’t want to find a coral snake in your yard or a cottonmouth in your pool and not be able to call someone quickly. You can start with this directory of wildlife removal experts for the state of Texas.

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