Now that spring is here, the warmer temperatures and longer days mean that many different animals will be coming out of hibernation. One creature that homeowners may see more of in the Houston area in March and April is the snake. Snakes are now starting to come out of their winter hibernation dens, which could increase the chances of you, your family or your pet encountering one and getting bit. Instead of worrying about the dangers of snakes, understand the facts that Houston Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control is providing you with so that your family isn’t at risk.
Types of Snakes You May See
There are four types of snakes to be aware of in the Texas area. Venomous snakes in the Houston region that may be coming out of hibernation in the spring are the rattlesnake, coral snake, cottonmouth and copper head. For the most part, snakes are scared of humans and tend to avoid interactions. The cottonmouth snake, or water moccasin, can display aggressive behavior, so it’s important to know what to do to avoid getting bit. Cottonmouth snakes can be found on land and in water. When they feel threatened, they may bite. They tend to hang out in areas with water, such as swamps, drainage areas, wetlands or floodplains.
Things To Watch Out For
Generally, snakes aren’t more dangerous right after coming out of hibernation than other times of the year when they are also active. Homeowners should be more aware of where they step and their surroundings when the warmer weather arrives. Understand how to tell the difference between a harmless snake and one that may be venomous.
One way to quickly determine if a snake may be venomous is by looking at its eye shape. Non-venomous snakes will usually have round pupils, while venomous snakes may have an elliptical pupil shape. Venomous snakes usually have much broader heads than a non-venomous species, which contains the venom sacs.
Signs of Snakes Living On Your Property
It’s not always possible to tell that you may have snakes living on your property. Hibernating snakes prefer warm, hidden spots that will leave them undisturbed throughout the winter. Because they want to avoid encounters with humans and the fact that they are so quiet, some homeowners may not even realize there are snakes living in their yard or around their homes.
Most snakes prefer to hibernate in burrows or dens hidden away from businesses and homes. They may be found in tree stumps, caverns, caves or places underground, sometimes in burrows dug out by other species. Additionally, some snakes find refuge in places close to humans, such as crawl spaces, sheds, barns, woodpiles, basements, garages, storage spaces and other hidden spots that are quiet. During the cold season, it may not be evident a snake is there. Once the weather warms up, you may see snake skins around your property if there are snakes coming out of hibernation. Shed snakeskin is left behind as the snake grows.
Additionally, some snakes leave behind slither tracks after they’ve traveled out of their dens. If you look closely, you may notice these faint tracks in dirt or dust. Snake droppings are also another sign that there may be snakes living in and around your property. In many cases, people only discover they have snakes on their property when they actually see one because they are so good at hiding and keeping quiet.
Be ready for the spring by working with a humane animal control service to keep snakes from surprising you, your children or your pets. Contact Skedaddle Humane Wildlife Control for information about how to deter snakes from hibernating and nesting on your property and keep your family safe.