Handling Displaced Snakes Post-Flood


Flood waters not only displace people from their homes, but can have a devastating effect on wildlife.

Use caution when doing anything outside, and be aware that these reptiles may be in areas that they are not commonly found.

Snake outside

Quick Facts

  • Snakes and rodents can be washed out and carried for a few miles downstream before finding a place to make it to dry land.
  • Rattlesnakes are of major concern to downstream residents because they are looking for a warm dry place to spend the winter.
  • It is not uncommon to find snakes of various types in and around you home and outbuilding following a major flood event in the area. As a rule, these snakes are very irritable and low on patience with intruders.