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We have a complex relationship with storm systems. On one hand, we enjoy the sound of the rain and the smell that blows in just before a storm arrives. We need rain brought in by storms to nourish our lawns, gardens, and replenish our water reservoirs. On the other hand, storms can bring in damaging winds, flood waters, and even dangerous lightning strikes. One danger that appears during the aftermath of a storm or a hurricane is the proliferation of snakes.

A snake is an ectothermic reptile which means it is unable to regulate its body temperature using internal biological mechanisms. A snake’s internal body temperature is affected by the temperature of its environment. For this reason, snakes live in underground dens where the soil acts as insulation against both extreme heat and cold. These dens are usually burrowed tunnels made by chipmunks, mice, and other small creatures.

When a storm moves into an area that brings heavy rain, these underground dens and burrowed tunnels will begin to fill with water, essentially flooding the snake’s home. This will drive the snake to leave their den and seek dry, safe shelter. This shelter will usually take the form of a home, shed, barn, or other man-made dwellings. A snake will also take shelter under large piles of debris left behind by a damaging storm.

There are ways to protect your home from being invaded by a snake during storms. The first thing you should do is check your foundation for holes or cracks. If you find any openings, seal them immediately to prevent them from being used as an entry point. Then, when the storm is over, immediately begin clearing away any debris from your yard that could attract a snake or other rodents.

If you happen to find a snake in your home after a storm or hurricane, there are many ways to handle the situation. The most important step is to not panic. Once you find the snake, try to confine it to that area of your home. If it’s a nonpoisonous snake, you can try to remove it yourself by pinning its head down with a long stick or pole, grabbing it below its head, and taking it outside. If you’d rather have someone else remove the snake from your home or if the snake is in your yard, call the Austin Animal Removal experts to remove the wild animal.

Remember that snakes are a vital part of our ecosystem. They help to control the rodent population. Always call a professional to remove a poisonous snake.