What to do if you find a snake in your garden

SAN ANTONIO -- People are always running into snakes in their gardens. So what should they do?Judit Green, Urban Wildlife Biologist with the Texas Parks and Wildlife gave us the following answer:"Well, typically snakes are looking for a food source, and the primary food source that people in urban areas provide are food for rodents like keeping out pet food, possibly having garbage that has not been contained properly, or maybe feeding birds, having the excess feed fall to the ground. {}So snakes are there because they are after the rodents that are feeding on these things we have in our gardens. Well, anytime you see any kind of snake the best thing to do is leave it alone. If you mess with a snake, often times you have a better chance of being bitten. So back away slowly.And another thing you can do is get to know your garden snakes. There are a lot of beneficial snakes in our backyards. And if you know the venomous ones from the non-venomous ones, that's a great way to subside your fears. Rat snakes are not poisonous. They are a very harmless snake and are commonly found in our back yards, and also very beneficial."

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