SEBASTOPOL (KPIX 5) — Bay Area snake wranglers are busy this week as the hot weather draws snakes into backyards and urban areas.
“Everybody, I’m telling you right now, it’s a good year for rattlesnakes,” Sonoma County Reptile Rescue Director Al Wolf said.READ MORE: 7-Foot Tall LEGO Menorah to Feature at Alameda Hanukkah Celebration
Sonoma County Reptile Rescue is responding to an increasing number of calls for help from homeowners who find rattlesnakes in their yards and homes.READ MORE: Firefighters Extinguish 2 RVs on Fire in West Oakland
“We’ve had great rains. We’ve got all the grass, all the seeds, a huge rodent supply this year. So, the snakes are moving,” Wolf said.
When given the chance, snakes will move away from you. If you discover one in your garage, snake wrangler Laurie Osbourne says, “Animal Control, or a lot of times a local fire department will remove them.”MORE NEWS: Fauci Warns of 'Potential' for Fifth COVID-19 Wave, Stresses Vaccines and Boosters
While the warm weather will bring out more snakes than we may have seen in a while, not all of them are venomous – in fact, most are harmless.