Snakes are very specialized animals and have an important role in our environment.
Most snakes are nonpoisonous and help control rodent and insect populations. Those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense. Some possess venom potent enough to cause painful injury or death to humans. Nonvenomous snakes either swallow prey alive or kill by constriction.
Like other reptiles, snakes are cold-blooded animals; their body temperature is regulated by climatic conditions.
Snakes cannot tolerate extreme cold and will normally hibernate during the winter months, usually emerging from their dens in late February or early March.
Snakes are most active at night and during early morning and late evening hours.
Removing their shelter is one of the most effective ways of discouraging them by Eliminating rock piles, brush piles, tall grass, etc.
Controlling insect and rodent populations in the area also will help to discourage snakes by eliminating their food supply.
To keep snakes out of houses or other buildings, all points of entry must be sealed.