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Releasing kingsnakes to control rattlesnakes is not a good idea

A common request from homeowners and something I see people comment about quite often is the idea of capturing, buying, or importing kingsnakes and gophersnakes to release in the yard as a means to control rattlesnakes. Kingsnakes, as you may be aware, are famous for making meals of venomous rattlesnakes. They completely harmless (even to […]

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On Herping with Speckled Rattlesnakes

A note to herpers in AZ as we enter July and begin the monsoon season. In particular: those looking for Speckled Rattlesnakes. This is definitely not aimed at any one person one group, but a common trajectory that plays out again and again. If this is you, listen up. This isn’t criticism; this is to […]

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What can “snow birds” do to keep rattlesnakes away?

Arizona’s perfect weather in the shoulder seasons makes it an ideal place to spend the winter for seasonal residents. Affectionally referred to locally as “snow birds”, each year, they come and go. With their return to roost in the fall come the flurry of rattlesnake removal calls. What do rattlesnakes do when we’re away? One […]

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Can you tell the difference between a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake and a Mojave Rattlesnake by the tail bands?

Sometimes, but it’s not an absolute, and should not be used as a single method for identification of either species. The general rule is that Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes have a banding on the tail in a roughly 1:1 ratio of white to black, while Mojave Rattlesnakes tend to have tail banding at 2:1 white to […]

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Arizona pool owners: avoid making a rattlesnake guest house

Over the past decade and many thousands of rattlesnakes captured in the backyards of Arizona homes, a few trends have emerged. Most notable: there are certain areas of all yards that seem to attract rattlesnakes more often than others. Perhaps the biggest offender on this list of rattlesnake-attracting features are pool filter systems. Throughout the […]

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No, rattlesnakes are not more aggressive when they come out of hibernation

A bit of seasonal misinformation has been floating around, as it does each Spring – that rattlesnakes are more aggressive as they emerge from winter dens. Thankfully, this is not true. Rattlesnakes are not more aggressive after hibernation. As the myth goes, rattlesnakes are hungry and grumpy, so will act more aggressively towards anyone that gets […]

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Our COVID-19 changes to keep you safe, while we keep you safe.

The world is changing, and whether a temporary event or longer-term, we have made some changes to our processes so that we can continue working with homeowners in Arizona to peacefully resolve rattlesnake conflicts. Fortunately, the nature of our works makes this relatively easy for us with just a few changes. We don’t have a […]

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How high does a snake fence need to be?

One of the top questions we get about rattlesnake fencing, is HOW HIGH DOES SNAKE FENCING NEED TO BE? These questions aren’t only from homeowners, but also in regards to regulations from homeowners associations and planned communities who unfortunately often enforce sub-sufficient standards for snake fence installations. The quick answer: 3’ high. In this post […]

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The first rattlesnake sightings of the year! Here’s why you shouldn’t worry.

The first rattlesnake sightings of 2020 have started to pop up around Arizona, along with the subsequent misinformation. To get a jump on things, let’s clear a few things up. SHARE this with your local community group. Rattlesnakes are not out early; some reported sightings are completely normal. You do not need to worry or […]

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Garage Rattlesnakes & Holiday Awareness

Starting with the Christmas decorations started for some people as early as Halloween (you know who you are) and have been popping up throughout November. Most people hold off until after Thanksgiving, however, and we notice some trends. This period, where homeowners dig into that pile of stuff in the back of the garage that […]

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