They are silent and stealthy, and chances are you will run into one.
Snakes usually stay out of sight, but with the warmer weather, more and more of these cold-blooded creatures are being found out in the open. People often encounter snakes because their property provides good habitat. Like all animals, snakes seek out good places to hunt and hide. Sometimes this includes a person's property, or even house if there is access.
North Alabama is home to dozens of types of snakes but the majority of them are harmless to humans. There are five species of venomous snakes in the state and every year people are bitten.
State wildlife officials say snakes often choose flight before fight, but a startled or provoked snake will certainly defend itself. Many snake bite victims are bitten on the arms or hands, indicating that they messed with snakes they should not have. Bites can be avoided using common sense. Many snakes give a warning before a strike (such as the rattlesnake's tail rattle), but not always. Some snakes can be unpredictable. It is best to keep distance between yourself and a dangerous snake, at least up to half a snake's body length, which is a typical striking distance.
WHNT News 19 cameras tagged along with experts from AB Wildlife Removal who are trained to safely identify, capture, and remove an unwanted snake.