How to Identify Signs of Snakes
Only gardens with extensive secluded wildlife areas will have snakes. In garden areas if snakes are seen, they are most likely just passing through.
There are a few hard to spot signs of snakes that you can look out for if you have concerns. These include:
- Shed skins –Tend to shed their skins soon after emerging from hibernation
- Winding trails on light dirt or sandy surfaces.
Where You Might Find Snakes
There are certain places where snakes may like to hide.
- Reptile Habitats - Nature reserves or rough grassland, disused quarries, large allotments, large derelict urban sites or sunny road and railway embankments with scrub cover.
- Garden Features - Wood, rock or rubble piles, rockeries, ponds, long grass areas and shrubs.
- Sunny Areas - Sun trap areas with lots of vegetation cover and places to shelter.
- Gardens, parks or other grassed areas - Be prepared to find reptiles if you lift up debris or are near features such as hedges, ponds, compost heaps and areas of long grass.
Reptiles are timid and will usually flee to seek cover if they are detected by people or pets.
Know If You Are At Risk
- Vipers are the only venomous snakes in the UAE, and are found mostly in desert and rocky mountain areas.
- Vipers are rarely found in gardens and only occur if you live close to their preferred habitats.
- Snake bites are very rare, and most occur when a snake is picked up.
Deter Snakes From Entering Your Property
To deter snakes there are a few things you can do:
- Mow grass regularly to keep it short.
- Clear low growing plants and shrubs that provide cover.
- Remove debris, wood or log piles. Keep compost heaps in a sealed bin.
- Fill holes that they can hide in – under sheds, patios and walls.
- Putting close fitting fences or walls around ponds can be a deterrent.