Arizona is home to a wide variety of snakes. These animals serve an important
role in rodent control. Without such predators, the disease and destruction for
which rodents are responsible for would increase.
Because many homes are built on or near wild land, and with the number of
desert parks available for recreational use, reptile encounters are highly likely.
Help keep snakes away from your home with the following tips:
- Eliminate rodents - a snake's preferred food source - from around your house.
- Move woodpiles and throw out junk from your yard to remove potential homes for snakes and their prey.
- Erecting a wall will deter snakes from entering your yard. Solid walls 4 feet high with a 4-inch lip angling outward will discourage most snakes. Sink the bottom of the wall into the ground. Fill any tunnels burrowed by rodents.
- Install gates snugly against ground.
- Keep walkways clear of brush.
- Light pathways around your home.
If you encounter a snake, take the following steps to ensure your
- If you are in an undeveloped area, such as the desert or a park, leave snakes alone. Restrain your pet until the snake moves on. Warn others in the area.
- If the snake is in a residential area, observe the reptile at a distance (at least 6' feet). Do NOT try to kill or capture the snake yourself.
- If you or your animal encounter a snake, leave it alone and allow it to make its way back into the desert.
- If the snake is in your yard, and you are not comfortable waiting for it to return to its normal habitat please call Non-Emergency Dispatch at (480) 644-2400.
- If the snake is located inside your home, your garage, or at the entrance to your home please stay away from the snake (at least 6' feet) and call Non-Emergency Dispatch at (480) 644-2400. Be sure to watch the snake's movement, the snake cannot be relocated if it cannot be found.
- If you or someone else is bitten by a snake, call 9-1-1- and seek medical attention immediately.
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