With spring in full swing and warmer temperatures on tap, the City is reminding residents to use caution during snake season. The annual snake season is typically from March to October. Here are some steps to discourage snake activity around your home:
* Fill up gopher and squirrel holes with stones and dirt. Snakes use those as passageways and will be deterred away from property if the route is closed.
* Snakes like to move through areas where they are not easily detected. Clear any shrubs, broken branches or overgrown bushes surrounding your property.
* When clearing concealed areas such as ivy, lawns and untrimmed shrubbery, poke ahead with a long stick. If there’s a snake, it will either attack the stick or glide away quickly. The desire to avoid direct contact is mutual.
Most snakes encountered are non-venomous, while the rattlesnake is the only venomous snake native to California. Observing the shape of the snake’s head, body and tail is a good way to determine if a snake is venomous. (See diagram below.)
If you’ve encountered a rattlesnake on your property or public area, call the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, which serves Aliso Viejo, at 949-470-3045.