Did you know that holes in your backyard could be the openings for snakes to call home? Holes provide the perfect nesting spot for snakes. In most cases, snakes inhabit holes that have been abandoned by other animals. If you think your property may have snakes, the presence of holes may provide them an opportunity to nest. Here is some information to help identify holes that could potentially be housing snakes.
Recognize Their Habitat
Different species of snakes inhabit different environments. Garter snakes prefer tall grass, marshland, and other forested areas. While in these environments, snakes seek shelter in tree hollows, under logs, leaf litter, underground holes, or holes that other animals have abandoned. From these holes, they hunt for food, lay eggs and seek shelter from predators. Your backyard, basement, or porch may be providing shelter for snakes.
Look for Molted Snake Skins
Snakes are known for shedding their scaly skin. When preparing to shed, snakes will rub against rocks and sticks to help break off their skin. It may be challenging to locate snake skins, as rodents or insects usually eat them within a matter of days. If you do happen to spot a snake during its shedding period or any other time, leave it alone. During their shedding cycle snakes can be easily irritated and may attack if they feel threatened enough.