Living with wild animals: snakes (2023)

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Snakes are one of the most misunderstood animals of all. As a result, many harmless but beneficial snakes have sadly died at the hands of people wielding shovels. Of the twelve species of snakes found in Washington, only the western rattlesnake can deliver a venomous sting, and it rarely does so.

Snakes should be left alone and no snakes should be killed, except for rattlesnakes that pose an immediate danger to people or pets. Like all wild animals, view snakes from a respectful distance. Do not try to catch them and do not keep wild animals as pets.

All snakes are an important part of the natural food chain, eating a wide variety of prey - from mice and birds to frogs and insects. In addition to their ecological value, snakes offer keen wildlife observers the opportunity to observe one of nature's most effective predators.

Facts about the Washington Snake

Food and eating behaviour

  • Snakes are carnivores and eat many animals that are considered pests - mice, voles, slugs and snails. Other prey items include insects, eggs and young, fish, frogs and lizards.
  • Snakes have hinged jaws that allow them to eat food that is wider than their bodies. However, what a snake eats depends on its size; in general, larger snakes eat larger meals.
  • Snakes have forked tongues that deposit air molecules into receptors in their mouths; thus, snakes "taste" the air, which helps them find prey and sense direction in the dark.
  • Snakes store food as fat and can rely on fat stores for long periods of time.

Hibernation shelters and places

  • Washington snakes hibernate in winter, alone or in large groups.
  • Dens (snake burrows) are also used as shelters at other times, including rodent burrows, spaces under logs and stumps, rock crevices and wood and stone piles.
  • The hibernation must be kept warm enough to avoid freezing to death, neither too dry nor too humid, and must be adequately ventilated.
  • Snakes hibernate year after year; hundreds of snakes and different species can occupy the same hibernation period.
  • Depending on the species and location, hibernation can begin as early as March. During warm periods in temperate regions, snakes may briefly emerge from hibernation to forage for food and warmth.


  • Courtship and mating occur shortly after the snake awakens from hibernation.
  • Garter snakes, rubber pythons, and western rattlesnakes lay live young from eggs that remain in the body until they hatch. All other Washington snakes lay their eggs in protected areas where the eggs receive enough external heat to hatch.
  • Chicks are born from July to September and fend for themselves after hatching.
  • Young snakes grow rapidly and reach sexual maturity in two to three years.

Mortality and life expectancy

  • Snakes are preyed on by badgers, coyotes, foxes, skunks, raccoons, skunks, weasels, great blue herons, hawks, hawks and owls.
  • In close proximity to human habitation, humans, domestic dogs and cats, lawnmowers, weeders and vehicles can fatally injure or kill snakes.
  • Garter snakes can live up to 18 years in captivity. These ages may be unusual for wild snakes, but little is known on this subject.
common washington snake

There are three species of garter snakes in Washington. Smaller snakes eat worms and snails; Larger snakes include amphibians, small rodents, juveniles and fish.

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Garter snakes survive in suburbs and cities because they give birth to live young and therefore do not need a safe place to store their eggs. They got their name from their supposed resemblance to the garter belts once worn by men to support their stockings.

When disturbed, snakes will try to escape, but if threatened, they may attack, bite and stain your hands with foul-smelling anal secretions. A bite from one of these non-venomous snakes can be distressing, but it rarely breaks the skin.

to becommon snake(Nereus, photo 1) From coastal and mountain forests to wormwood deserts, often near water or wet meadows or your garden. With the exception of the northwestern garter snake, this species is the most commonly encountered snake. It has bright stripes (yellow, green, blue) running lengthwise along the body and a blue-gray underside. It grows to 2 to 3 feet.

to bewestern country snake(nematodes) occurs in a variety of habitats and, despite its name, spends a lot of time in water. The garter snake is usually grey-brown or black with a dark checkerboard pattern between the yellow stripes. Identification is difficult because there are four subspecies, each with a different color. Almost black shapes appear in some areas. It can be up to 40 centimeters in length.

to beNorthwest Garter Serpent(Nereus) is somewhat less common than its two cousins ​​and prefers coastal and mountainous forest habitats. However, it is commonly found in suburbs and city parks. It is more slender than other garter snakes and reaches up to 2 feet when mature. It is black with stripes of different colors, usually red and orange.

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to becobra gopher(The Smurf series, Figure 2), also known as bull snakes, live in hot, dry habitats—deserts, grasslands, and open forests. It is a tough snake, 3 to 4 feet long, with dark brown spots on its back.

The gopher snake is often mistaken for a rattlesnake because of its coloration and impressive, impressive, loud hissing sound. It will also vibrate the tip of its tail on grass and dry leaves, further mimicking a rattlesnake. However, it is not poisonous. It is a species of python that kills its prey – mainly small rodents – by squeezing it until it suffocates.

similar in appearance, but rarenatslange(Snapdragon) occurs in similar habitats in eastern Washington.

to beHal(store pythoner) occurs in hot, dry, open or bushy countries, where it can often be seen galloping along the roads. It is about 3 feet long and is solid brown or olive green on top with a brown belly. It is thinner than a hose of the same size. Racer is a good name because he can move very fast. It keeps its head and neck above the ground while hunting and can crawl into bushes.

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to bewestern rattlesnake(green Croatia, Figure 4) are common throughout most of eastern Washington. It is characterized by a broad, triangular head that is much wider than the neck, a diamond pattern in the middle of the back and a rattle at the tip of the tail. The overall color pattern varies by habitat, from olive green to brown and gray. Black and white bars may appear on the tail. Western rattlesnakes are 18 inches to 4 feet long when mature. While many people talk about seeing "timber rattlesnakes," "rattlesnakes," and "rattlesnakes," none of that happened in Washington.

The number of knots on a rattlesnake does not indicate the snake's true age, as rattlesnakes shed parts of the snake as they age.

Rattlesnakes are most often found near their burrows, which are often in rock crevices exposed to the sun. They are more likely to emerge at night and at dusk as they travel to and from their spring and fall hibernation sites.

The rattlesnake's tusks are hollow and are used to inject the snake's venom to stun or kill its prey - mice, woodrats, chipmunks, small rabbits and woodpeckers. During its active season, the prey is captured and replaced several times. Fangs can also be lost by embedding fangs or breaking in some other way.

Rattlesnakes cannot spit venom; but when the snake hits an object such as barbed wire, it can expel venom. The venom is only dangerous when it enters an open wound and has been used to develop a number of human medicines.

Rattlesnakes do not view humans as prey and will not bite unless threatened. Rattlesnake bites rarely produce enough venom to kill, although painful swelling and discoloration may occur. (See Sidewinder for more information) Link below

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to berubber python(sharp, figure 5) belongs to the same family as the largest snakes in the world - including the boa constrictor, boa constrictor and boa constrictor. However, our local species only grow 14 to 30 inches. It is olive green, reddish brown or tan to chocolate brown. It looks like rubber, with a short, broad snout and a short, stubby tail, giving it the appearance of two heads.

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Rubber pythons live in moist forests, large meadows and wet sand along rocky streams and are particularly fond of tree stumps and rotten logs. Although rarely encountered, this snake is common in the right habitat.

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All snakes are discreet, preferring to hide or be quiet in the hope of being ignored. Most meetings are short. Although snakes are often seen as threatening, they will only hiss, whip or bite when cornered or restrained.

Snakes move slowly most of the time, but they can run short distances to hunt prey or escape a predator. They cannot withstand long-distance exercise.

Since snakes are especially active and less alert during the breeding season, start caring for them in the spring.

Snakes are generally inactive during the hottest part of the day, especially in mid-summer, and seek shelter or crawl underground to avoid overheating. In desert areas, snakes may become active at night when the air cools and the ground remains warm. Nocturnal snakes, as their name suggests, are almost always nocturnal.

Trapping snakes and trying to rehome them on your property or keeping them as pets is not good for the environment. Due to their well-developed homing instincts, most snakes quickly leave an unfamiliar area, often resulting in being killed along the way or by predators.

sunbathing spot

Most snakes reach their preferred body temperature by basking on surfaces exposed to the sun. They control their body temperature by moving in and out of sunlight and changing orientation (facing the sun, facing away from the sun, etc.). They also gain body heat by lying on or under warm surfaces.

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In warm areas, look for snakes basking on asphalt, concrete, stone and wooden fences. In cooler areas, they can be seen basking in the sun all day. The fact that snakes tend to bask in sunny and warm paths at night often leads to them being trampled.


Snakes are more likely to be seen in sandy or dusty areas of their preferred habitat. Serpentine strips can be wavy or straight (Figure 6). Surface material is generally pushed out of each curve.


Snake patches are interesting because you find white limestone deposits at one end, as well as birds. The size of the excrement corresponds to the size of the animal. Snake dung is like a rope with constrictions and waves.

snake skin swap

A growing snake sheds its skin every four to five weeks. You can tell when it's ready to molt - its eyes are white-blue and dull. Snakes can even be temporarily blinded until the old skin on their heads breaks and they can't crawl out. The exfoliated skin looks like thin, transparent plastic, and every detail of scales is clearly visible, right down to the eyelids. Look for loose skin under boards, rock piles and other places where snakes congregate.

Tips for attracting snakes

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In addition to the persecution that snakes often suffer at the hands of humans, they also suffer greatly from the habitat modification that we cause. Snakes do poorly when we destroy natural terrain for urban and suburban development and isolate animals that cannot easily cross inhospitable terrain.

To prevent this and provide a safe place for snakes on your property:

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  • Protect roosts and other areas used by snakes.
  • Cut at low speed and be ready to hit the clutch or brake. Do not mow near swamps, sunny forest edges, or other known snake habitats. If you must cut, survey the area and move or guide the hoses to safety before cutting. Set the lawn mower as high as possible or use a lawnmower and make the grass 15 cm high.
  • Build a small fishless pond (fish eat all stages of amphibians) for amphibians. Many snakes, especially garters, feed on tadpoles, adult frogs, and invertebrates in and around ponds (see sources for information on ponds).
  • Build rock walls with crevices or rock mounds so snakes can escape bad weather and predators, forage for food and feed (Figure 7).
  • In a sunny location, you can make a "snake board" by placing a sheet of plywood or corrugated metal on the ground and supporting it on three sides with 3" rocks, a piece of plastic pipe, or similar (Figure 8). In colder locations conditions, paint the top black or cover with dark asphalt shingles to increase the temperature under the slab.
  • Place habitat improvements such as snake panels and rock piles away from sidewalks or high traffic roads to avoid vehicle/reptile discomfort.
  • Prevent dogs and cats from using your garden. They are effective hunters and can seriously affect snake populations.
  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to protect wildlife habitat on their property, especially property adjacent to yours.
  • Support public takeover of green spaces, remnant forests and other wilderness areas in your community.
  • Join a local conservation group or habitat improvement project.
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conflict prevention

Many people are afraid of snakes because of many false teachings and therefore often exercise control when they are not necessary. The first thing to do when you encounter a snake is to leave it alone. Then store it as long as it is not a rattlesnake or in a house or building where it is not needed. The chances of seeing the animal again are small.

If the snake enters a house or other structure, stay calm so as not to startle it and force it to hide. There are several ways to remove it. First try opening a nearby door, then use the broom to gently drive the animal out. You can also use a pole, club or golf club to pick up the hose and place it in a box or bin for outdoor transport.

If you are shy, you can keep the snake locked in a room or corner with a barrier, such as a board or box, so that neighbors or experienced trainers can catch it. If possible, slowly place an empty bucket or wastebasket over a small or coiled hose until someone is less restricted.

If no one else can remove the snake, you can hire a wildlife management company to do the job. To seek such help, call your local wildlife office for a referral or look in your local phone book under "animals" or "wildlife." Rattlesnakes are sometimes removed by the police or fire department.

To avoid snake conflicts:

prevent access to buildings

Snakes in houses fall into two categories: those that enter by accident and attempt to escape because they find the habitat unsuitable, and those that enter houses in search of prey or shelter and, when permitted, take permanent stay. The first includes small snakes that can be trapped and, if not caught and removed, can die from lack of food or water. Some snakes may hibernate in older homes with leaky basements or crawl in rooms with dirty floors. The presence of shed skin usually indicates that the snake has lived in the house for some time.

Snakes usually enter through the soil, so sealing any holes or cracks in the soil will prevent them from entering. Seal all cracks and holes in building foundations and exterior walls, including crooked siding where small snakes can enter. Seal with 1/4" mesh cloth, caulk, grout, or concrete patch.

Snakes can easily enter garage areas through open garage doors or poorly fitting doors. Cover the bottom of the door with metal flashing or other material. Any weatherstripping on the garage and other exterior doors must fit tightly. These modifications will also exclude mice and other rodents.

change habitat

Limit the number of snakes around living structures, reduce their food supply, shelter and encourage their predators. Reducing shelter (rock piles, tree piles, tall grass) not only limits hiding places, but also reduces habitat for rats and other rodents, which are food sources for snakes. (Snakes also use burrows made by mice or other rodents.) Mouse and rat populations can be reduced by keeping these animals out of access to food, including seeds scattered under bird feeders.

Although snakes do not make up a large part of any predator's diet, hawks, owls and various mammals do eat them. See the relevant leaflet for information on attracting snake-eating species.

grades:As snake populations decline, populations of chipmunks, squirrels and other rodents can increase, causing a variety of problems.

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Fences and Deterrents

In areas where rattlesnakes are frequently found, fencing has been used to keep them away from buildings and farms (Figure 9). This approach is expensive, but if the backyard is used as a children's playground, the cost can be justified - if only to alleviate parental concerns.

Fences can be constructed of 1/4" galvanized mesh fabric up to 30" high. The bottom edge should be buried 3 to 6 inches into the ground, and the support posts should be inside the fence to prevent snakes from climbing over them. These fences can also be added in front of existing fences. All doors must fit tightly and remain closed.

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Check the fence regularly to make sure there are no holes under the fence and no items piled up outside. Trim grass and weeds around the fence.

Snake repellents such as Snake-A-Way© and the stronger Doctor T's Snake Away© have had mixed results. Snakes "smell" through their tongues and Jacobson's organs located in their mouths. However, unlike mammals, snakes do not have a sense of smell associated with their breathing cycle. This means that unless the snake sticks its tongue out at the exact moment it moves over the deterrent, it won't feel anything. Even if there is, the scent may not be enough to move the snake in the other direction.


If you live in or visit rattlesnake country, be aware and keep an eye out for this species so it does not threaten you. Also, learn about recommended treatment steps if a person or pet is bitten.

If you encounter a rattlesnake, stay away: If a rattlesnake cannot escape by crawling, it will curl up in a defensive position. Rattlesnakes often make a distinctive call to let you know if you get too close. Its last defensive move is to attack. Remember that all these warnings are to help avoid conflicts. Rattlesnakes will avoid you as much as you will avoid them.

Avoid problems during walking

  • To minimize rattlesnake encounters while hiking:
  • Stick to good open paths. In dense areas, use a stick to warn the snake of your approach.
  • Avoid walking through thick bushes and willow thickets.
  • Do not step or put your hands where you cannot see.
  • Wear it with ankle boots and wide trousers.
  • Watch the rattlesnake from a distance and watch for defensive behavior that tells you you're getting too close.

clapper snake prayer

All rattlesnake bites should be considered life-threatening. Timing is of the essence when someone is bitten. If possible, call the emergency room ahead of time so that antidote is ready when the victim arrives.

If a rattlesnake bites a person or pet, do the following:

  • Keep the victim calm, limit movement and keep the affected area below the level of the heart to reduce the flow of poison to the heart.
  • Wash the bite site with soap and water.
  • Remove any rings or restrictions; the affected area will swell.
  • Cover the bite with a clean, moist bandage to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Get medical attention immediately. Make sure the doctor treating the victim knows how to treat a snake bite, or contact the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.

It is not:

  • Do not allow the person to participate in physical activity, such as walking or running. Take the victim with you if he has to move.
  • Do not cut or suction the wound, do not apply ice or cold compresses to the wound, and do not use a tourniquet.
  • Do not give victims stimulants or pain relievers unless directed by a doctor.
  • Do not give the victim anything by mouth.
  • Do not raise the bite area above the level of the victim's heart.

trap and hose

As a last resort, the snake can be trapped and moved outside, or a one-way door can be installed to allow the snake to exit but not re-enter.

Live traps can be made from 24 to 36 inches of 4-inch PVC pipe. Temporarily cover one end and close the other end with a cap with a 1-inch hole drilled in the center. Place a hand warmer and a soft cotton cloth on the end of the tube. Hand warmers heat the pipe and a cold hose crawls into it. (In warm environments, place an ice pack or a cool damp cloth on the pipe.) If the PVC trap is too hot or too cold, poke a few air holes in the top of the pipe to remove some of the heat or cold.

Anchor the trap to prevent it from rolling. A tracking signal (some flour) on the front of the trap will confirm that the snake has entered. Place a piece of masking tape over the hole before moving the hose outside.

Another trap is to attach three or four pieces of commercially available mouse-sized plywood to the plywood. Place glue board traps along interior walls or foundations. When the snake jumps over the rubber trap, it is caught. After the snake is trapped, the glue board trap can be removed. To avoid close contact with restless snakes, consider attaching the wooden extension handle to the plywood base before placing the trap.grades:Use adhesive sheets only indoors or under structures and just out of reach of children, pets or non-target wildlife.

Release the hose from the glue board, take it to a suitable place, put the tweezers on the ground and pour vegetable oil over the hose. The oil will reduce the stickiness of the glue, allowing the hose to move freely. NOTE: Adhesive panels should not be used outdoors or anywhere they may trap pets or other non-target animals.

To create a one-way door, close all openings except the presumed main entrance used by the snake. In this opening, install a one-way door made of a piece of aluminum screen wrapped around a cylinder approximately 10 inches long and slightly larger in diameter than the entrance hole. Hang the exit end of the pipe above the ground to prevent returning hoses from finding the entrance. The device can be left in place for a month or longer to give the snake time to escape.

Make any necessary repairs to the home or other structure to prevent the problem from occurring again.

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    public health issues

    Bites from non-venomous snakes are harmless. The only concern could be a possible infection. If you are bitten, clean and disinfect the wound as you would a cut or scrape. Some people may be allergic to normally harmless bites, such as those from garter snakes. Contact your doctor if you develop a rash or signs of infection.

    Status legal

    Several species of snakes in Washington have special state status. As your legal status changes, contact your local state Fish and Wildlife office for the latest information.

    It is illegal to import, own, possess, offer for sale, sell or release any species of snake into the wild without appropriate permits (Parliament of Western Australia 220-450-030).


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    Living with wild animals: snakes? ›

    Many wild animals carry zoonotic diseases (illnesses that can be transferred from animals to humans), such as Brucellosis, Salmonella and Ringworm. They often carry parasites, as well, that can be transmitted to humans or other pets. Any way you look at it, keeping a wild animal as a pet is a dangerous proposition.

    Is it OK to keep wild snakes as pets? ›

    Many wild animals carry zoonotic diseases (illnesses that can be transferred from animals to humans), such as Brucellosis, Salmonella and Ringworm. They often carry parasites, as well, that can be transmitted to humans or other pets. Any way you look at it, keeping a wild animal as a pet is a dangerous proposition.

    Can snakes bond with humans? ›

    Snakes are unable to form a bond with their owner, but this doesn't mean they are poor pets. We don't need to attach too much value to a deep bond. We can get a lot of pleasure from keeping a snake. Snakes enjoy being looked after by humans as long as they are being fed regularly and have a suitable enclosure.

    What attracts snakes to your house? ›

    Snakes enter a building because they're lured in by dark, damp, cool areas or in search of small animals, like rats and mice, for food. Snakes can be discouraged from entering a home in several ways. Keeping the vegetation around the house cut short can make the home less attractive to small animals and snakes.

    Are snakes good to have in your yard? ›

    It is actually pretty simple, in the garden snakes are of great benefit. They eat insects and rodents primarily, which are likely to benefit the garden. For example, small snakes can do severe damage to a grasshopper population in a confined area in just one summer.

    Can you befriend a wild snake? ›

    They can even become tame, allowing you to hold them on a regular basis. However, not all snakes start off tame. Some snakes have learned to be aggressive through improper care or being in the wild, and some simply possess a more inherently aggressive temperament than others.

    Are snakes unhappy as pets? ›

    Snakes won't be receptive to your affection—they're wary animals who don't like being held, touched, petted, or passed around. It's stressful for them and puts them at risk of illness and injury, and because they don't whine or yelp, you may not realize that they're hurt.

    Are snakes loyal to their owners? ›

    Can pet snakes express any sort of bond or connection with their owners? Eh, sort of, but not really. A snake can get to know and trust its owner — not just humans in general, but that specific person.

    Do snakes have empathy? ›

    Snakes and other reptiles are not social animals. They do not form communities, have friends, or even nurture their own young. Unlike mammals that can demonstrate complete emotions like love, joy, or even jealousy, snakes do not demonstrate deep feelings like these.

    What scares snakes in yard? ›

    Ammonia is a common snake repellent. Snakes hate the smell of ammonia and won't come near it. Soak rags in ammonia and place them in unsealed plastic bags. Leave the bags where you usually see snakes to keep them away.

    What smells keep snakes out of your yard? ›

    What Smell Do Snakes Hate? Strong and disrupting smells like sulfur, vinegar, cinnamon, smoke and spice, and foul, bitter, and ammonia-like scents are usually the most common and effective smells against snakes since they have a strong negative reaction to them.

    Does one snake mean more? ›

    Remember snakes do not usually live in colonies, so you could have a solitary snake. Just because you saw one, there is no need to panic and think that you have a house infested with millions of snakes.

    What animals keep snakes away? ›

    Foxes and raccoons are common predators of snakes. Guinea hens, turkeys, pigs, and cats will also help keep snakes away. If foxes are indigenous to your area, fox urine is a very good natural repellent for snakes when spread around your property.

    What keeps snakes away? ›

    Ammonia Repellent: Snakes have sensitive noses and don't like the smell of ammonia, so spraying it around the perimeter of your property can help keep them away. Epsom Salt: Sprinkling Epsom salt around your home or garden will create a strong odor snakes won't want to come close to.

    What is the friendliest snake? ›

    • Western Hognose Snake. ...
    • Garter Snake. ...
    • Gopher Snake. ...
    • Milk Snake. ...
    • Rosy Boa. ...
    • Ball Python. Ball Pythons get their name because of the “ball” they like to curl up in to feel safe. ...
    • 2. California King Snake. The California King is the most popular subspecies of King Snake. ...
    • Corn Snake. They have a moderate size and a gentle disposition.

    What do snakes like to do for fun? ›

    Snakes aren't playful in the way dogs and cats are, but they do like some toys. Your pet will appreciate having some different things to explore. Some good examples of this would be cork rounds, log decorations, and rock caves. Driftwood pieces and accessories can also be fun for your serpentine buddy to climb.

    Do snakes get traumatized? ›

    The inability to hide from perceived threats adds to snakes' mental anguish, and many experience trauma due to failed escape attempts, the inability to explore, properly regulate their body temperature, or eat a natural and balanced diet.

    How long do pet snakes live? ›

    Keeping a snake in captivity means that it is more likely to live a long and full life. Many pet snakes live an average of 15 to 30 years depending on their quality of care and the species of snake. This means that adopting a pet snake leads to a longer commitment than you may expect.

    Do snakes have a memory? ›

    Snakes do not have any sort of social bond, nor the intellect nor memory to recognise and remember an assailant.

    What does it mean when a snake stares at you? ›

    A snake usually stares at its owner because it wants to be fed. Other reasons include protecting its environment, sensing heat, and lacking trust. In some cases, it can be a sign of stargazing, which is a dangerous condition requiring medical treatment.

    Are snakes more scared of you? ›

    According to experts, the best thing to do if you come across any snake, whether it's venomous or not, is to keep a good distance. You should let them be because in most cases they're probably more afraid of you.

    Can snakes feel the emotion love? ›

    Even though snakes can't feel real love or affection for their owners, this does not mean that they are bad pets. As long as you do not feel the need to bond deeply with your pet, you can get quite a bit of joy out of keeping a snake.

    Do snakes listen to you? ›

    Snakes do not have an external ear, but they do have all the parts of the inner ear that we do. Their stapes—called a “columella”—is slightly different from ours in that it connects to the jawbone, enabling them to sense vibrations. However, they can only hear a portion of the sounds we hear.

    Do reptiles bond with humans? ›

    There's no real way to know for sure, but you can say that they aren't as affectionate or sentimental as cats and dogs. Reptiles can and do get quite close to their humans. Bonding with reptiles isn't impossible. It just takes time and patience.

    What does it mean when a snake wraps around you? ›

    By coiling tightly around its human companion, the snake is trying to make itself feel small and safe. Ultimately, this behavior is a sign that the snake needs some extra attention and care. If it wraps itself tightly around your hand or arm, your snake feels insecure in some way.

    Can snakes hear you talk? ›

    The snakes in our study responded to this sound, and many significantly so. So it's probably safe to say snakes can hear people speaking loudly or screaming. That doesn't mean they can't hear someone talking (a normal conversation is about 60 decibels) – we just didn't test sound at this noise level.

    What to do if a snake sees you? ›

    Leave it alone. Snakes are generally shy and will not attack unless provoked, so it's best to leave them be. If you see a snake inside your home, get all people and pets out of the room immediately.

    What smell do snakes hate? ›

    Snakes dislike several smells, including various essential oils such as gloves and cinnamon oil, and then homemade remedies with garlic and red onions. Numerous plants, such as wormwood, lemongrass, marigold, and snake plant, can also serve as good snake repellents.

    Why would a snake be in my yard? ›

    Snakes seek warm, moist areas with a food source. They also look for areas abundant in rodents. These reptiles like places to hide, and an overgrown yard is just the perfect place. An excellent way to discourage snakes populations is by keeping your grass cut.

    What do snake feces look like? ›

    How to Identify Snake Feces. When snakes excrete waste, it is actually a mixture of feces and urine that looks white and is more of a liquid than a solid, much like bird droppings. The pests' waste may contain bones, hair, scales, and other indigestible materials leftover from meals.

    Are snakes afraid of dogs? ›

    While it's not entirely conclusive that snakes will stay away from doggos and that doggos can keep them away, it's obvious that, due to a canine's insane sense of smell and hearing, they're the perfect snake hunters. With that in mind, it's easy to conclude that pups might be one of the best bets to keep snakes away.

    What chemical kills snakes instantly? ›

    Calcium cyanide is a good chemical for killing snakes taking refuge in burrows, while there are several gases that sometimes work in fumigating dens.

    What did cowboys use to keep snakes away? ›

    Why? There was an old superstition that a rattlesnake wouldn't cross over a rope, so cowboys used to string one around their bedrolls to keep the snakes away.

    Do Pine Sol keep snakes away? ›

    and put down inside the bottle of Pine Sol. Just take the spray and spray it around your house. This is good for up to 3 months. This will keep all the mice, snakes and rats away.

    Will mothballs keep snakes away? ›

    Mothballs are commonly thought to repel snakes, but they are not intended to be used this way and have little effect on snakes.

    Can snakes be protective of their owners? ›

    They can be, but not like dogs. If your lizard (or snake, etc) is attached to you, they could be defensive when someone tries to touch you, seeing you as there person and that no one should touch you but them. This is pretty rare, but can and has happened. Most lizards don't understand when someone needs protection.

    Can reptiles love their owners? ›

    A more controversial emotion in reptiles is the concept of pleasure, or even love. Many feel that they have not developed this emotion, as it does not naturally benefit them. However, most reptiles do seem to recognize people who frequently handle and feed them.

    Why does my snake stare at me? ›

    A snake usually stares at its owner because it wants to be fed. Other reasons include protecting its environment, sensing heat, and lacking trust. In some cases, it can be a sign of stargazing, which is a dangerous condition requiring medical treatment.

    Can snakes get emotionally attached? ›

    Snakes can absolutely develop a bond with their owners, but not the way a dog or a cat would. And this greatly depends on the species. Some snakes are just always going to be a little high-strung and bitey, others are far more easygoing and mellow.

    Do snakes prefer light or dark? ›

    Snakes hunt in tall grass, weeds, and other sources of vegetation. Around your home, they'll seek out shady or dark places where they can rest and cool down. Snakes also tend to look for humid areas where they can stay hydrated.

    Can you domesticate a snake? ›

    Since they are wild animals, however, they are not considered a species to train. General training for your snake. The majority of snakes cannot be trained. It is important to note that snakes bred in captivity are considered tame.

    Do reptiles get attached to people? ›

    It's probably safe to say that snakes and lizards aren't as sentimental or affectionate as dogs and cats, but there's no true way to say for sure. That said, reptiles can and do get quite attached to their owners. Bonding with a reptile will take time and patience, but it's not impossible.

    Do reptiles have empathy? ›

    We also found four articles that explored and found evidence for the capacity of reptiles to feel pleasure, emotion, and anxiety. These findings show that reptiles are considered to be capable of experiencing a range of emotions and states.

    Do snakes have feelings? ›

    Snakes and other reptiles do exhibit certain emotions, mainly aggression and fear. Dr. Sharman Hoppes, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, states that snakes exhibit certain behaviors when they are feeling these emotions.

    What does it mean when a snake lifts its head? ›

    When the cervical musculature of a snake contracts, the head and neck are raised almost straight up, as if the affected snake is gazing at the stars. Hence the term stargazing. This seemingly innocent behavior is actually a sign of a potentially serious underlying medical problem.

    Should you stand still if you see a snake? ›

    Leave it alone. Snakes are generally shy and will not attack unless provoked, so it's best to leave them be. If you see a snake inside your home, get all people and pets out of the room immediately.

    Would a snake chase you? ›

    Myth: Snakes chase people. Truth: Many people who have spent time outdoors have a story about being chased by snakes. But herpetologists, people who study reptiles and amphibians, never seem to have this experience. They find that snakes are always trying to escape.


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