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Snake Safety
Snake Safety

Summer is a peak time for snake appearances, particularly if you live in areas where there is a large amount of brush nearby. L.A. County Animal Control Department (Animal Control) suggests the following preventative measures to help keep snakes away from your home.

Remove the things snakes seek, food and shelter. Snakes find food (rodents) in wood or grass piles, gopher holes, and uncovered trash cans. Snakes seek out their own shelter in dark and shady areas that can include large rocks and boxes, tall ground cover, and other areas that keep them out of direct sunlight.

If you see a snake on your property, call the fire department (818-889-1626) or 911 immediately. If you contact the Fire Department through 911, a fire fighter will secure the snake; rattlesnakes are destroyed and all other snakes are relocated. Do not attempt to approach the snake. It is recommended that you watch the snake from a safe distance to help the agency officials find the snake when they arrive. As an extra precaution, keep children and pets away from the area where the snake is located as soon as it is spotted. For more information, you may contact Animal Control at 818-991-0071 or visit their website.