How to Chase a Snake out of Your Yard
If a snake comes to visit your garden or yard and it's not welcome, chasing it out is actually the last of your options; doing so is possible if, and only if, you have assured yourself of all the safety precautions first. Here are some sensible approaches to remove the snake safely.
Understand how snakes tend to react.On the whole, snakes prefer to strike or to slither right away to a safe hiding spot.And generally, snakes do notchaseyou. Hence, giving them wide berth makes good sense at all times upon discovering a snake, to avoid strike, and to give them the chance to slither off.
- Striking distance for most snakes is half the body length of the snake.
- Strikes are for protection, not for eating. As such, the bites will be shallow. This means that if you're properly attired, the fangs should sink into a boot, not your foot. However, if you've upset the snake by poking, prodding, or generally getting in its way, it may react by biting more than once, or more deeply.
Keep calm and keep your distance.Unless you're one hundred percent sure that the snake is not venomous, getting closer is not advised.
Stand still if the snake has caught you unawares and you're too close to it.This is especially important if the snake is hissing, rattling, or staring at you. Be patient and wait for it to back off. A snake has a short attention span and will be more concerned for its safety than worrying about you. Remain still even if the snake slithers over your feel or coils around you; it won't remain for long.
Identify the snake if possible.If you know for sure that the snake is venomous, retreat the moment that you can. Call for professional help immediately and prevent children, pets, and anybody else from going into that area of your garden or yard until the snake has been removed.
- If you cannot identify the snake, err on the side of caution and retreat. Call the professional snake remover and keep the kids and pets out of the garden.
- Wear proper protective clothing when gardening in an area that you suspect could have snakes. Long sleeves, long pants of a thick fabric, boots, long thick socks, etc., are good protective measures.
- Cats will control small snakes.
- Garter snakes are usually shy and not aggressive but don't wave your finger in their face; they will still strike.
- A tidy yard or garden will discourage snakes. Frequent mowing of the lawn, weeding, etc., and removal of leaf piles, wood piles, etc., will provide a less interesting environment for snakes to be attracted to. This also applies to other stinging and biting beasties like spiders, scorpions, etc., that find such yard clutter attractive.
- Don't pick up a snake dropped at your feet by an eager pet. Snakes are good at playing dead and the snake may well still be alive. Always use a long pole to check with, keeping a good distance between you and the snake.
- If you are bitten by a non-venomous snake, still seek immediate medical attention. Bacteria in the snake's teeth might enter the puncture wounds and cause a nasty infection.
- If you are bitten by a venomous snake, get immediate medical attention. Try to identify the type of snake.
- Snakes that hunt by ambush won't fall for the standing still trick. In this case, you're going to have to risk getting away. Move away very carefully and slowly if the snake appears not to be moving after five or so minutes.
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