Know Your Enemy: Identifying Common Snakes
Snakes are one of the most feared animals in the world, and for good reason. They can be dangerous, and even deadly, if not handled properly. But not all snakes are created equal. Knowing which species of snake you may encounter in your area can help you better prepare for any potential encounters.
In North America, there are four main types of snakes that you may come across: rattlesnakes, copperheads, water moccasins, and coral snakes. Rattlesnakes are easily identifiable by their distinctive rattle at the end of their tail. Copperheads have a reddish-brown coloration with darker brown or black bands running along their body. Water moccasins have a dark brown or black coloration with a white or yellowish underside. Coral snakes have a bright red, yellow, and black banded pattern along their body.
It is important to note that not all snakes are venomous; however, it is best to err on the side of caution when dealing with any type of snake. If you come across a snake in your yard or home, it is best to leave it alone and contact an animal control expert for assistance in safely removing it from your property.
Keep Snakes Out: Tips for Snake-Proofing Your Home
The best way to avoid sleep interruptions due to snakes is to keep them out of your home in the first place! Here are some tips for snake-proofing your home:
• Seal up any cracks or crevices around windows and doors that could provide an entry point for snakes.
• Keep your yard free from debris such as wood piles or tall grasses that could provide shelter for snakes looking for a place to hide.
• Install motion-activated lights around the perimeter of your home as this will deter snakes from entering your property at night when they are most active.
• Place mothballs around the perimeter of your home as this will repel many species of snake due to its strong odor.
• If you have pets that spend time outdoors, make sure they do not leave food out as this could attract rodents which in turn could attract snakes looking for an easy meal!
Be Prepared: What To Do If You Encounter A Snake
Despite taking all necessary precautions to keep them out of your home, there is still a chance that you may encounter a snake while outside at night or even inside your house! In these cases it is important to remain calm and take the following steps:
• Do not approach the snake; instead back away slowly and give it plenty of space so it can move away on its own accord without feeling threatened by you.
• If possible try to identify what type of snake it is so you can determine if it is venomous or not (see above section on identifying common North American snakes).
• Contact animal control experts who can safely remove the snake from your property without putting yourself at risk.
Sleep Tight: Tips For Getting A Good Night’s Rest Despite Snakes
Even if you take all necessary precautions against encountering a snake while outside at night or inside your house there is still always a chance that one may find its way into your living space! In these cases here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest despite potential sleep interruptions due to snakes:
• Make sure all windows and doors are securely closed before going to bed each night so no unwanted guests can enter while you’re sleeping!
• Place mothballs around the perimeter of your bedroom as this will repel many species of snake due to its strong odor (see above section on keeping snakes out).
• Install motion-activated lights outside near windows and doors so any potential intruders will be scared away before they get too close!
• Invest in some noise-cancelling headphones so any rustling noises outside won’t keep you up at night worrying about what might be lurking nearby!