(Hesperia)–– As our community is beginning to enjoy the warm desert weather, residents are noticing that snakes are also making their presence known. This time of year it is common to see a wide variety of wildlife, including rattlesnakes, taking advantage of the ample food supply and comfortable temperatures. The City of Hesperia would like to remind residents to follow a few simple safety measures to avoid agitating one of these slithery serpents.
- Look for snakes before moving trash cans, plywood, stacked firewood, weeds, hay or animal feed;
- Use caution when walking in grass barefoot because it is a perfect place for snakes to cool themselves;
- Be alert when walking or playing in empty fields; and
- Remind children about the importance of respecting snakes and leaving them alone.
“Sometimes we forget that despite the development that has happened over the last decade, many wild animals, including rattlesnakes, still call Hesperia home,” said Mike Podegracz, City Manager. “It is important to always be watchful when moving items around your yard like firewood, plywood and even animal food.”
If you do see a snake you should leave it alone; if it is in your house please contact the Hesperia Animal Control at (760) 947-1700 and keep an eye on it until an Animal Control Officer arrives.
For more tips on snake safety please visit the City of Hesperia website at www.cityofhesperia.us.