It’s that time of the year when nature wakes up from a long winter’s nap and starts to become active again.
It’s also the time people have to be the most careful when walking around outside, whether that’s your yard or in the backcountry. Along with the mammals, reptiles will be coming out of hiding too, and that includes rattlesnakes. According to some experts, this year, Los Alamos may have a lot more rattlesnakes than in recent years due to the increase in the rain, as well as the local population of rodents.
Local wildlife expert Tom Wyant said that, so far, he’s mostly received calls for garter snakes and bullsnakes and not many at that. Because of the weather, it’s been a little bit too cold for the local snake population to become fully active.
However, for those seeing snakes on their property already, there may be a reason.
“If you’re having a snake problem in your yard, it’s because there’s a food source,” Wyant said. “If you get rid of the food source, water and the shelter, or at least minimize that, then you’re less likely to have snakes.”