AGW1011, Reviewed February 2009
Snakes often become displaced after a storm or flooding event. As a result, many of these animals are seeking shelter and food in areas close to people. These areas, out of the way of high water, include the inside of homes, storage sheds, barns and other buildings. Damaged structures have a higher probability of attracting snakes because of the many accessible entrances. Displaced snakes may be found under debris scattered by the flood or in debris piles created during the cleanup effort.
Missouri has many more species of nonvenomous snakes than venomous snakes. Both venomous and nonvenomous snakes are beneficial to people because they keep down rodent populations. Because rodents also are displaced by flooding, this is especially important.
For more information on controlling nuisance snakes, contact the MU Extension Center in your county.
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