Snakes are starting to come out of their winter dens at the same time people are venturing outdoors to enjoy the nicer weather, start yard work, or participate in various outdoor activities like hiking. Snake encounters can be alarming for some people, especially if they do not understand how harmless, yet important these creatures are to the natural world.
“Snakes are probably some of the most misunderstood animals,” said Laura Saucier, a wildlife technician with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Wildlife Division. “There is no need to fear or hate these reptiles. If you leave snakes alone, they will leave you alone.”