Are you scared of snakes? Do you shudder when you imagine slimy skin and giant fangs? Or are you confident about them? Do you not worry even a little bit when you hear the distinctive rattle of a rattlesnake, or find something slithering from under a rock in your garden?
Being overly scared or overly casual when it comes to snakes are both misguided approaches, and a healthy balance of caution and appreciation for these impressive animals is the way to go. At Animal Remover, we know how dangerous some snakes can be. We also know how dangerous it can be to believe everything you hear about snakes.
In our Animal Remover blog, we like to occasionally look at some of the myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about the animals we deal with. In this entry, we’re going to look at snakes, and sort fact from fiction.
Snakes Are Slimy
These days, most people know that snakes having slimy or wet skin isn’t true, but the myth still persists for some. A snake’s skin certainly has the appearance of being moist, mainly because of the way their scales reflect light, giving them a wet look.
But anyone who has actually handled a snake will tell you they’re generally bone-dry.
A Snake’s Body is Mostly Tail
Another older myth that stretches back to before we knew more about snake anatomy is that their body is essentially entirely tail. The truth is that a snake’s organs and skeletal structure are shaped to fit the length of their body, and are able to bend and flex in ways that let them keep functioning.
Rattlesnakes Rattle Before They Attack
A common trope in movies and TV is that a rattlesnake will audible rattle before it strikes. But is it true? Well, yes and no. In reality, a rattlesnake rattling its tail is done to alert a potential predator or larger animal that it will bite as a last resort, but it won’t rattle its tail every time it strikes. If a rattlesnake is biting with the intent to eat its victim, it’ll stay quiet.
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Snakes Are Aggressive Animals
Like most potentially venomous or dangerous animals, the majority of snakes are only really a threat when they feel threatened themselves. Animal Remover recommends keeping your distance from a snake on your property unless you really know how to handle them. Staying back will keep you out of danger, and calling the professionals will mean the snake can be handled humanely.
Animal Remover and Snake Removal
If you’re having problems with snakes on your property – whether commercial or residential – contact our wildlife management professionals today. The team at Animal Remover has the knowledge and experience to provide safe and humane animal removal services, whether it’s snakes, rodents, raccoons, squirrels and much more. Take a look at Animal Remover’s range of wildlife control services.