Rattlesnake Season: What to Do if You Encounter a Snake

gray snake on ground

Rattlesnakes are sensitive to vibrations. Once rattlesnakes feel threatened, they coil up and warn you by shaking their rattle.

Most snake encounters occur when you happen to be near a snake. When this happens, it’s important to leave the snake alone. You can continue to leave it alone if the snake is not venomous or inside a building or house. All outdoor encounters with a non-venomous snake should be resolved by letting the animal go away on its own. Venomous snakes need to be removed by a professional snake removal service.

The best way to avoid rattlesnakes is to know when you are in rattlesnake country and take precautions. Look more than a few yards ahead while you are on a walking path. Try to spot snakes coiled up or outstretched on the path. Be sure you watch where you step. If you are stepping over a rock or log, check it out first. Don’t throw rocks or antagonize a snake.

If you discover a snake in your home, act as soon as possible for your peace of mind and safety. Avoid disturbing the snake so it doesn’t go into hiding. If it is possible, open a nearby door to gently guide the snake outside. If you can’t maneuver the snake because it’s coiled or small, then place a wastebasket or empty pail over it and put a weight on top so you know where the snake is while you wait for a snake removal service. If this is possible, try confining the snake to a corner or room with barriers so that it can be easy to capture. If you know there is a snake in your house but aren’t sure where it is, know that snakes like warmth and darkness.

Snakes don’t need to be killed, even venomous ones. Instead, make sure you call the right snake removal services to humanely remove the snake and relocate it.