What Wet Winters Mean for Snakes

For the past three wet seasons, California has been far better off compared the years prior to 2017, as the historic statewide drought impacted both humans and wildlife for the 5 year stretch. Now, after the generally above-average 2018-2019 winter, there’s plenty of water to support plant life which in turn supports smaller animals. Those […]

How to Deter Rattlesnakes

The most common question we’re asked is, “how do I keep rattlesnakes away?”, and for good reason. Why not prevent a problem encounter with a rattlesnake from even happening in the first place? It isn’t the most simple thing in the world in some situations, but in most cases there are several things you can […]

What Kind of Weather Do Snakes Like?

Have you ever questioned what sort of weather snakes enjoy? If not, don’t worry: it probably isn’t on the top of everyone’s mind. That said, it’s probably a question that once brought up most of us would find interesting — and today you’ll figure out what type of weather our shy scaled neighbors find most […]

Snake Myths & Misinformation – an Ecological Nightmare

Snakes are perhaps one of the most disliked, hated, and unnecessarily pursued animals on this planet. As someone who used to dislike the animals myself when I was young – I can understand the fear behind their strange movements and seemingly unpredictable behavior. However, over time I grew interested in these animals around the same […]

Springtime Rattlesnake Activity & Behavior

So far this spring, we’ve gone through quite the roller coaster ride in terms of weather. For snakes, this means they’ve generally remained near their dens to head back under their rocks or underground hibernaculum when it gets cold at night or rains. This is about to begin changing. This weekend into what appears to […]

Is it Normal for Rattlesnakes to be out in February?

Almost every year, the media and other sources blast over the airwaves that rattlesnakes are out earlier than normal, when in fact it is very normal for snakes to sneak out of the dens whenever it’s warm in the winter. Take this week for example, temperatures will be reaching the low to mid-70s across much […]

Where Do Rattlesnakes Go During Heatwaves?

Let’s face it, the past few weeks have been miserable to spend time outside without gasping for air, some water, and the nearest shade. Temperatures in excess of 100 degrees don’t create the most suitable environment for people or pets to be outside for long in the afternoon heat, and it’s during weeks like this […]

From Drought to Flood, What California’s Wet Winter Means for Snakes

Last year at this time (mid-April), temperatures were well above normal and the precipitation deficit was startling. The drought had been ongoing since 2012, lasting nearly 5 years having impacts on wildlife not entirely known. Focusing on snakes specifically, it’s basic biology/ecology to imagine that snakes loosing water where it may’ve been present before could […]

Wet Years vs. Dry Years: Impacts on Rattlesnake Population

The past several years have been plagued with critical drought across California, as we’ve all heard and been told over and over. What you may not hear as often is what impacts drought has — not just on our precious water supply, but on the environment as a whole in which we reside in. Everything […]

Placer Snake Removal’s Service Region Expands

Placer Snake Removal will be entering its 5th season in 2016, and it’s been a thrill to work with so many people and snakes, with hopes that next season we continue to become more well-known and easier to find. Beginning now, but more prominently for 2016, Placer Snake Removal will begin to offer our operational […]

Is a Baby Rattlesnake More Dangerous Than an Adult?

Chances are you’ve heard “baby rattlesnakes can’t control their venom”, or something along those lines whenever the topic of rattlesnakes come up.  An interesting fact we always end up telling people who mention that is that the actual the statement is is untrue. Now, this does not remotely make baby rattlesnakes less dangerous than adults […]

Recent Rattlesnake Bites

In the last week alone, two children have been bitten by rattlesnakes in northern California. One in the Bay Area, and other here more locally in Folsom, along a walk/bike trail. Bites to children are common unfortunately due to them not quite knowing what to look for, thus more commonly stepping on or accidentally reaching […]

2015 Snake Season, Denning Habits, & Misconceptions

While it’s cooler and showery today as of March 11th, previous days have been quite warm for this time of year and supportive of daily snake activity. Temperatures have hovered in the mid to upper 70s over the last week, with these temperatures quickly returning returning by tomorrow into the foreseeable future. This time of […]

Snake Season to Remain Active Through at Least Mid-October

We’ve had a bit of rain and cooler temperatures as of late, however these cooler temperatures aren’t going to last long. Highs in the 80s and 90s return by mid to late-week this week, and may continue into the foreseeable future… which generally weather prediction wise the first or second week of October. However, there […]

Rock Retaining Walls – aka Rattlesnake Apartments

Rock retaining walls have become a widespread landscape choice for builders and homeowners that have a steep slope in their yard and need something to do with it. After all, it’s fairly simple, just cut into the hill in front of where you want your wall to go, flatten it as you want it, and […]