Desert Wildlife

One of the nicest things about living in a desert environment is our unique wildlife. The Mojave Desert is home to numerous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.  We assist wildlife in whatever way we are able. The following photos are all of wildlife native to the Mojave Desert.

YIKES! THERE’S A SNAKE AT MY HOUSE!

This is a phrase we hear often! Living in a desert environment, it isn’t uncommon to find a surprise guest on your property, especially in the more rural residential areas. Snakes are often found on front porches, in garages, in garden areas, and on rare occasions, inside of a residence.

It is our firm belief that these animals, which are highly beneficial to our environment, NOT be killed. Untold numbers of snakes (venomous and non-venomous) are killed every year out of fear.

Snakes provide a valuable service to our desert environment. Most are rodent eaters, and help to keep populations of mice, rats, squirrels, and even insects-under control. WIthout snakes, we would be quickly overrun with an overpopulation of rodents. Rodents can carry fleas, ticks. Diseases carried by these insects can spread Bubonic Plague, Lyme Disease, and Hantavirus.

When possible, we-or someone we can refer, will respond to local residences to safely remove a snake, and place it in an area in which it isn’t near residential areas.

Please don’t try to kill a snake. People are struck every year, attempting to kill a venomous snake.

Here are some tips to help keep snakes from finding your property a pleasing environment to be in, and steps you should take if you find a snake.

Most important: DO NOT PROVIDE HIDING PLACES!
Firewood stacks should be off of the ground at least 12 inches.
Keep properties clear of brush piles.
Make certain that all entry doors are well sealed (especially at the bottom!) Snakes can squeeze through small areas. Also seal cracks.
Use hardware cloth as a barrier to chicken coops, and other areas you want to keep snakes out of.
Make your property unfriendly for rodents.​ This includes cleaning under porches and decks.
Don’t allow weeds to become overgrown.
Install solid fencing if venomous species frequent your property​
Trim all bushes “up” off of the ground, and remove fallen leaves, etc. regularly. (ALWAYS LOOK FIRST!)
If you DO find a snake in or around your home:

If you DO find a snake in or around your home

 

Remember that the snake is afraid of you, and does not want to cause you harm.
Remove children, pets, and yourself to a safe area.
Call a professional to safely remove the snake if it does not leave on its own. Snakes often a rest during the heat of the day, and will move on, as summer temperatures cool in late afternoon/early evening.
Always remember, snakes have far faster reflexes than humans!
Call 760-515-2650, and leave a message if no one answers. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.
If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to someone who can.

We have many species of snakes in our desert region. Not all of them are venomous. Please respect the beneficial service that ALL snakes provide, and remember that they are a very important part of our environment.