With over 3000 species of snake spread throughout the world, the chances of coming into contact with a snake during our lives are pretty good. For those people who live in tropical, rural, highly vegetated areas; the chances are even greater. And if you happen to live in the beautiful Land Down Under; it's almost a guarantee.
The vast majority of people hate even the thought of seeing a snake, let alone coming into contact with one. For most of us the sight of a snake is normally accompanied by a lot of shouting and a lot of running. That’s not to say snakes don’t have their place in this world and aren’t an important and valuable part of the ecosystem, just as long as that place is far, far away from our homes and families.
Accepting the fact that snakes are around and there really isn’t much we can do about it, the question becomes, “how do we keep them away from us?”. Well, just like with mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other unwanted pests, humans have developed some good strategies and products to help maintain a snake-free home.
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What methods work?
For example; in Australia you may need to worry about the dreaded brown snake or you may only have the harmless tree-snakes hanging around. Understanding the behaviour of the snakes common to your area is key in knowing how to get rid of them. Know thy enemy!
This brings us to the next point of removing food sources. Ensure you don’t have a problem with rodents and other vermin around your home. Even ground dwelling or ground nesting birds are high on a snakes diet.
Remember, if you remove the food, you remove the snake.
What if there’s a snake living in my yard?
Some snakes are territorial and will stay around one area if they decide to make it their home. A snake living in your property is a very dangerous and serious matter. Although snakes aren’t confrontational by nature and would rather flee than fight when scared, they can become quite aggressive under the following circumstances:
At times like this, some kind of snake deterring device may not be enough to scare them off. Catching and removing the snake or some some kind of barrier could be one of your last options. Now this doesn't mean you have to get your Steve Irwin on and pick up every snake you see. There is a much safer and much surer option and it's called the snake trap. These traps allow you to safely catch and remove snakes without harming yourself or the reptile.
It is an offense to kill snakes in Australia, so if one is living in your yard you should follow the above steps to make it feel unwelcome. If it still doesn’t leave you should contact a professional snake handler. Don’t try it yourself. It really isn’t worth the risk of a bite from a venomous snake. Call the experts and let them deal with it.