By Pam Albo
Tatum Highlands Communications Chair
Snakes are part of living in the desert. We see them on our hiking trails, out camping, and sometimes right in our own backyards. Spring and Summer are when we see more snakes out and about. We met with Bryan Hughes of Rattlesnake Solutions for a Question-and-Answer session to learn more about rattlesnakes.
Q: What is the most common rattlesnake found in the Tatum Highlands area?
A: The Western Diamondback (as pictured below)
Q: How can you identify a snake?
A: If you hear the sound of a rattle or see rattles on the tail, it is a rattlesnake. The Diamondback also has white and black banding near the tail. They tend to rest in a tight circle with their head in the center, whereas other snakes are coiled like a hose. (Note: The sound of a rattle is an alert only.)
For a no charge snake identification, send a text message with a photo to 480-694-3020.
Q: When are snakes most likely to make their appearance?
A: Mid-March until mid-November. Snakes normally hibernate during late Fall until March. They are active now.
Q: What do you do if you come across a rattlesnake?
A: Leave it alone or call for removal at 480-237-9975, a 24-hour removal service of Rattlesnake Solutions. The removal charge runs from $100-200. Snakes are removed humanely and always relocated to a natural habitat area where they can start a new life.
Q: Where are snakes most often found around home?
A: In sheds, near the front door, in garages (a likely hibernation area), in the pool pump area, in yards that are adjacent to natural habitat, and in yards that emulate natural habitat.
Yards that emulate natural habitat may have a water fountain feature or water dish; bird feeders, or pet food left out.
For yards that are adjacent to natural habitat it is recommended that a Snake Fence be installed to keep them out.
Q: What about snake repellants?
A: Do not use snake repellants – they do not work!
Q: Where can I learn more?
A: Rattlesnakesolutions.com has even more information on removal, fencing, identification, as well FAQ, a blog, and an email subscription signup.
Source: Bryan Hughes of Rattlesnake Solutions