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Snakes 101

Bug Lady posted this on Aug 4, 2016

SNAKES IN YOUR HOME

Depending on where you live, there might be a chance that a snake can get into your home and become quite the unwelcome guest. An even worse scenario is that a snake has found its way inside your home because your house may be infested with another pest: mice. Snakes can’t resist a good mouse to eat!

A BRIEF HISTORY OF SNAKES

The fossil record of snakes is actually very poor because snakes have such a fragile skeleton that it makes fossilization fairly difficult. But based on comparative anatomy, there is agreement that snakes descended from lizards. Front limbs are nonexistent in all known snakes. However, Pythons and boas have vestigial hind limbs – tiny, clawed digits known as anal spurs, which are used to grasp during mating. Today there are almost 3,000 species of snakes, and they can be found on every continent except Antarctica.

A SNAKE’S AWARENESS

Snakes use smell to track their prey. They smell by using their forked tongues to collect airborne particles, then passing them to the Jacobson’s organ in the mouth for examination. The fork in the tongue gives snakes a sort of directional sense of smell and taste simultaneously. They keep their tongues constantly in motion, grabbing particles from the air, ground, and water, analyzing the chemicals found, and determining the presence of prey or predators in the local environment.

The part of the body in direct contact with the ground is very sensitive to vibration; thus, a snake can sense other animals approaching by detecting faint vibrations in the air and on the ground.

POSSIBLE SIGNS THAT THERE IS A SNAKE IN YOUR HOME

Do you have a feeling that there is a snake in your home, but you’re not sure of what to look for? Here are some signs that there might be a slithering fellow in your home.

Snake molting

A snake molts to replace old and worn skin, plus it also helps them get rid of parasite and ticks. Molting occurs periodically throughout the snake’s life. An older snake may shed its skin only once or twice a year. But a younger snake, still growing, may shed up to four times a year.

So, if you find snake skin, it is a serious indicator that there a snake in your home.

Rodent problem

As mentioned in the beginning, if you see that you have a mice or rat problem, there could be a chance that there might also be a snake in your home.

Winter

During the winter snakes like to find somewhere safe to hibernate. Sometimes, they like to choose a nice, warm home. They prefer warm, dark places. Make sure all your gaps and holes are sealed in your home, so a wandering snake can’t make its way inside.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A SNAKE

Leave the snake alone, try to identify it by species, but continue to leave it alone so long as it is not venomous and not inside a house or building.

All outdoor encounters with nonvenomous snakes should be resolved by letting the animal go its own way.

Venomous snakes are another matter. If you encounter a venomous snake in your yard, take it seriously. The snake should be removed to ensure that no one, including pets, gets hurt.

SNAKE PEST CONTROL

If you want some extra protection against snakes, ePestSolutions has a variety of products that can help repel snakes from your property.

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