What to do
If you do encounter a snake, there are some things that you should do rather than try and scare them away.
- Remain motionless. Snakes will seldom strike if they do not feel threatened. If there is a snake in your path just stay where you are and allow it to pass.
- Back away slowly. Do not make any sudden movements that can be perceived as aggressive.
- Protect yourself if you are going to be walking in long grass. Wear thick boots that cover your ankles. You may even want to wear thick gloves. Carry a walking stick that can be used to protect yourself in an emergency.
If you are at home and a snake has made its way onto your property you need to identify the type of snake before taking action. If the snake is venomous, you should contact animal services or a professional wildlife remover. They will be able to catch the snake without anyone getting hurt.
If you do have a snake trap on hand it would be a good idea to place it in the vicinity. Once the snake enters the trap, it will be stuck. You can then place the trap in a pillowcase and take the snake to another location. Once you get there, you can pour a small amount of oil on the snake to free it from the glue.