Despite being cold-blooded animals, snakes in Biloxi don’t like to get too hot in the summertime, and you may find a variety of reptiles seeking shelter from the hot summer sun.
If you aren’t seeing a snake every occasionally, then something isn’t right.
A lot of people always try to attribute seeing them this time of year to some kind of weather phenomenon, It’s so hot. It’s so wet. It’s so dry. Some people say they haven’t seen a snake in many years, but there’s must be snakes around. By some coincidence they see a couple in a short amount of time. Because they hadn’t seen any in a long time, they think they are suddenly overrun with snakes, which is not normally true.
If you have a healthy environment, you’re going to have snakes. If you have a field next to you and they’re doing construction work or something, they may run a few of them onto your property. That might be the phenomenon that accounts for you seeing a couple of them.
For some people, every snake they see is a venomous one, but in Alabama there are only six venomous snakes, they include the pit vipers: cottonmouth, copperhead and the three rattlesnakes — eastern diamondback, timber and pygmy. The sixth venomous one is the extremely rare coral snake.
The coral snake is so rare. They are usually limited to the southern half of the state, although we have records of them in the central part of the state. A coral snake is so boldly colored people are not going to mistake it for one of the other snakes.
All of them are beneficial in their own ways, especially the king snake, which regularly dines on several of the venomous species.
The good thing about snakes is they eat only small animals and other critters. They don’t eat fruits or vegetables. The small snakes are going to eat insects or small invertebrates. The larger snakes like the black racer, garter snake and rat snake will eat what they can catch, which is mice, rats and other snakes.
Most snakes will seek an escape from the summer heat and will typically find shelter underground.
Snakes don’t like it too cold or too hot. You’re going to find them in shady areas in the summertime. If they get caught out in the sun for too long, they’ll get too hot and die. So, they’ll be seeking shelter during the hot times of the day.
We at Southern Pest Control hope that this information was helpful. If you have a snake problem or any other type of animal on your property, please remember we do not only control your unwanted pests, we safely remove unwelcome animals as well.
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