Dangerous snakes starting to show up around the Valley

PHOENIX - Snakes, some venomous, are already showing up around the Valley.

Daniel Marchand, Executive Curator at the Phoenix Herpetological Society says once we start seeing temperatures above 80 degrees, the desert comes alive.

Areas near desert preserves are more prone to snake sightings, but it's possible they can show up anywhere in our state. Some areas around the Valley where they're found are in north Scottsdale, parts of the West valley, Apache Junction and Gold Canyon.

Marchand says you can tell snakes are venomous by looking at their head and tail.

Their heads are three times larger than the neck right behind their head. A thick tail is also an indicator of a venomous snake.

Of course, Marchand advises that you don't venture too close to investigate whether the snake is venomous or not.

Marchand says the Phoenix Herpetological Society receives 15 to 20 calls a day when it starts getting very hot, from people who find snakes in their yards or even inside their homes.

He says it's important to be aware of your surroundings when venturing outside.

If you encounter a venomous snake, Marchand says it's best to let the experts handle it.

Rattlesnakes don't always give a warning rattle before they strike and snakes can strike quicker than people can react, so if you come close you could be putting yourself in a very dangerous situation.

For more information about the Phoenix Herpetological Society or to have them remove a snake from your home, visit their website at www.phoenixherp.com

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