Snake Safety

Snake Safety

Venomous Snakes:
Southern Pacific Rattle Snake

Non-venomous Snakes:
Gopher Snake
King Snake
Garter Snake


Top Safety Tips

  • Watch where you step
  • Wear shoes while hiking
  • Stay on the trails
  • Leash your pets
  • If you see a snake, leave it alone and back away slowly

For more tips, visit Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW).

Snake Sightings

  • Most snakes are sighted between the hours of 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., especially during warm weather.
  • Avoid picking up snakes whether they are venomous or non-venomous.
  • Most snakes will move if left alone.
  • If you cannot identify the type of snake, and it does not leave the property, call the fire department for removal. Continue observing the snake until fire fighters arrive.
  • Avoid killing snakes, especially California King Snakes and Gopher Snakes. They are an important part of our environment. California King Snakes eat Rattle Snakes..

Hiker Protection

  • Be careful where you place your hands and feet and where you sit.
  • Watch where you are stepping.


  • Discourage snakes in your yard by removing debris near your home. Use caution when removing debris. Snakes may already be inside piles.
  • Be sure that all doors/windows fit tightly so that snakes will not enter.
  • Keep door completely closed during warm months.
  • Be careful when stepping into a cool dark garage or over the doorstep. Snakes will crawl into cool areas beneath edges of doorsteps to escape heat.

First Aid For Bites

  • Move victim to safety.
  • Do not attempt to capture or restrain snakes.
  • Quiet and calm the victim to slow down blood circulation.
  • Transport to medical facility as soon as possible, or call 911.
  • Do not use ice, do not cut wound or use tourniquets.
  • Elevate wound site.

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