Snakes are unable to regulate their internal body temperature, like most mammals, since they are cold-blooded. Like warm-blooded creatures, snakes also seek shelter from the winter’s harsh weather. Although this behavior is similar to hibernation, scientists call this brumation. During this process, snakes shut down their systems, conserve their energy and prepare for reproduction. Below we explain what brumation is and why snakes do it during the winter.

What is Brumation?

Since snakes are cold-blooded animals who can’t regulate their body temperature easily, they tend to become sluggish and lethargic during cold weather. Their increasingly inactive body makes them less likely to catch and digest prey.

During the process of brumation, the snake’s body gradually slows its metabolism and starts conserving energy. Since they use less energy, they are also able to handle longer periods without feeding. Although they do sleep higher amounts during brumation, they are still able to leave the den to look for food and water, unlike warm-blooded animals during hibernation.

When do Snakes Brumate?

Brumation periods vary in every region. In northern regions, where there is typically colder weather, brumation periods last longer and start earlier. Usually, brumation can start from September through December and end until March or April. Depending on the weather pattern, some snakes can come out of brumation if the weather is warm enough outside.

Where do Snakes Brumate?

Snakes tend to go underground, under rock piles and into mammal burrows to avoid freezing temperatures. Normally, they find underground shelter in slopes that form natural dens. These dens have rocks that absorb heat, which provides warm shelter while the snakes brumate.

Other possible brumation locations in the wild include:

  • Rodent dens
  • Tree stumps
  • Caves
  • Deep caverns

Other possible brumation locations NOT in the wild include:

  • Garages
  • Basements
  • Crawl spaces
  • Boiler rooms
  • Sheds
  • Storage rooms
  • Car engines

Ideally, the best brumation place is somewhere away from rain or the outside elements. Sometimes snakes prefer brumating in groups since their body heat serves to help them stay warmer.

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Snake Removal

It is pretty hard to live in Texas and never come across a snake. When you do, it is important to know how to handle yourself when it comes to snake control. Snake removal can be easy if you follow these steps.

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If you’re scared of snakes, you’re not alone. Around 51% of people say snakes freak them out, according to a Gallup poll. Imagine walking into the kitchen and seeing a snake coiled up on the floor at your feet. Luckily, most house snakes are smaller because they can fit through the gaps. If you can call a pest control company for snake removal, keep any children and pets away from the area and keep an eye on the snake while you call. While it’s best to call a pest control company for snake removal, sometimes not interacting with the snake isn’t always an option. Here is what to do if you find a snake in your home:

  • Remain calm and try not to disturb the snake or drive it into hiding.
  • If it is possible to get it out the door, grab a broom and gently guide the snake out the door. Safety comes first, make sure you are careful if you are trying to handle the snake yourself.
  • If the snake is coiled, place a trash can or bucket over it with some weight on top and wait for a pest control company to come.

If you are unsure if the snake is poisonous, it is best to leave it for professionals to take care of and remove from your property. Once the snake is removed from your home, you want to safeguard against any further invasions. Most likely, it slithered in through a small gap or hole in your house. Finding these and fixing them will prevent any future snakes making an unwelcome visit to your home. If you have a snake in your walls, do not try to coax it out of hiding. Call a pest control company to come and remove it from your walls.

Finding a reliable and knowledgeable pest company doesn’t need to be difficult – Apple Pest Control is here for all your pest needs. Snake removal and helping you prevent future visits are part of our service. Call Apple Pest Control for prevention or snake removal.

Snake removal in San Antonio

At Apple Pest Control, we’re no stranger to snakes. While the majority of the snakes we encounter are not venomous, it’s never a bad idea to have a gameplan if you happen to stumble upon a serpent.

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