Snake Removal Updates for Early December 2023

We’re still predictably a bit slow, but of course there’s lots to catch up on and still a few snake removal calls a day. As always, if you need help, give us a call:

24/7 Snake Removal & Prevention:

Phoenix-metro: 480-237-9975

Tucson-metro: 520-308-6211

This Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was found in October, taking advantage of a shady spot offered by the broom. Any shade is good shade, and this rattlesnake may have kept on crawling without it.
This little California Kingsnake call came in as it was spotted disappearing into a crack between a home and the driveway. Marissa was able to get it out and help this little snake to a safe spot.
Bucket o’ Snakes from a Scottsdale backyard. The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake was discovered an overhang by a pest control company during some rodent-proofing work, and then saw the two Sonoran Gophersnakes using the same location. Nick was able to get them out safely and help them to another area. It’s commonly believed that gophersnakes eat rattlesnakes or in some way repel them – this is not the true. Gophersnakes may compete with them for prey and have some superficial suppressive effect, but it would be hard to say that this would directly relate to fewer rattlesnake encounters. And while there are a handful of records of them eating young rattlesnakes, these are not generally considered snake eaters. Kingsnakes, coachwhips, and whipsnakes DO eat rattlesnakes regularly, however. I am often at events where an old timer will tell me we’re full of it because he “seent it with his own eyes!”, but then proceeds to show me a photograph of a coachwhip, or is otherwise unaware of what a coachwhip is, etc. Colloquial diversity in many areas is limited to just a few types: “rattlers”, “bullsnakes”, “kingsnakes, and “red racer” – anything else is a considered a hybrid bullsnake of some sort. This topic of what does and does not eat a rattlesnake has generated some really interesting conversations over the years 🙂
This Western Diamondback Rattlesnake got around some DIY snake fencing and found a rabbit. After eating it, the snake was no longer able to get through the gaps in the fence and became stuck. Thankfully it was seen and Nick went out to help get it to a better spot … rabbit and all.
This Sonoran Gophersnake was originally called in as a rattlesnake on a shaded patio in Scottsdale. Nick was called out to help it find a little different spot and become an educational opportunity.
A Western Diamondback Rattlesnake found under patio furniture in Scottsdale. The shaded areas are useful to rattlesnakes for the same reason they are to people: a place to keep cool.