Since snake encounters rise as temperatures rise, and can also increase after heavy rains/flooding, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recently published information online to help prevent encounters with snakes and avoid snake bites. While many people may view them as a dangerous pest, they are an important predator of insects and small mammals.
Top tips from the article include:
- Know where to expect them—generally in shady spots during the heat of the day and in sunny spots during cooler hours. Heavy rains and flooding can wash debris onto properties that can become good places for displaced snakes to shelter, so people need to take special care during cleanup.
- Reduce snake hiding spots around the outside of your home—such as cutting the grass and trimming the lower branches on bushes and trees
- Avoid contact with any snake, even if you think they’re non-venomous