In a release, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
residents that "snakes are becoming more active at the same time people
are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nice weather, do yard work, or
participate in various outdoor activities like hiking."
can be alarming for some people, especially if they do not understand
how harmless, yet important these creatures are to the natural world," the release said.
are probably some of the most misunderstood animals in the outdoors,”
said Rick Jacobson, director of the DEEP Wildlife Division, also in the relapse.. “There is no
need to fear or hate these reptiles. If you leave snakes alone, they
will leave you alone.”
Also in the release, unedited here:
Snakes and People
of snakes are needlessly killed by people each year because of mistaken
identity, fear, and misunderstanding. Very often, when a snake is found
near a home, people may panic and even assume that the snake is
dangerous or venomous. Few Connecticut residents realize that they are
unlikely to encounter a venomous snake around their home. The two
venomous snake species found in Connecticut (timber rattlesnake and
northern copperhead) do not have wide distributions. These venomous
snakes, along with the other 12 Connecticut snake species, are NOT
aggressive and will only bite if threatened or handled. If left alone,
snakes pose no threat to people.
you unexpectedly come across a snake, the snake is likely as startled
as you are. There is NO reason to kill a snake – instead, you should
observe and enjoy it from a distance and allow it to go on its way. All
snakes will retreat from humans if given a chance.
snake species, in particular gartersnakes, are often encountered in
yards and around outbuildings. Occasionally they will enter homes and
outbuildings in search of food. A snake found in the home can be easily
and safely removed. A pair of garden gloves is sufficient protection
from gartersnake bites. The snakes have long teeth for their size; a
bite on an unprotected hand is not dangerous but can be painful. The
snake should be picked up carefully to avoid excessive squeezing. Snakes
have delicate bodies and are easily injured. Place the snake in a cloth
bag and release it in an area not far from the point of capture so the
snake will be in familiar territory. To discourage snakes from entering
buildings, make sure all cracks in the foundation are sealed. Basement
windows should close tight or be covered with screens.
you wish to discourage snakes from your yard, remove the places where
they can hide. Cut grass short, remove brush and rock piles, and trim
shrubs up off the ground. These methods will discourage snake prey
species from the yard as well.
information about snakes and snake conservation in Connecticut, as well
as an identification guide, can be found on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/wildlife
Photo credit: Paul J. Fusco, DEEP Wildlife Division
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