As the weather warms, snakes start moving and calls start flooding the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wildlife Helpline, where biologists answer questions and address concerns from people who have spotted something slithering in their backyard.
Their first words of advice? If you see a snake, don’t panic. Leave it alone and walk away.
“When people encounter a snake, particularly in their backyard, it can be startling for both the person and the snake,” said Jeff Hall, a wildlife diversity biologist with NCWRC. “We reassure people that, for the most part, snakes are completely harmless and, if given a wide berth, a snake will usually move out of the area on its own in time.”