Understanding Snakes in the Coachella Valley

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Many people are afraid of snakes, since some are venomous. While most snakes are harmless, they can become a nuisance inside your home or in your pool, porch, attic, or shed.

Whether you have a snake being a nuisance in your property or just want it taken away, call Rudy’s Termite & Pest Control for effective snake removal in the Coachella Valley.

Physical description

Though the specific colors and patterns of snakes vary, they all have the same characteristics: no eyelids, scales on their bodies, a tongue they constantly flick out of their mouths to taste the air, and a jaw they dislocate to swallow prey whole. They can often be found where the food is – rodents and insects. Finding shed snakeskin on your property is another sign that you may have a snake infestation.

There is a common misconception that a snake with a triangular head is venomous. As most snakes have triangular heads, this rule of thumb is not true. That said, it’s best to err on the side of caution and leave all snakes alone.

The most common snakes found in Southern California are: California kingsnakes, coachwhips, gartersnakes, gophersnakes, rattlesnakes, ring-necked snakes, striped racers or whipsnakes, and Western racers. Out of these snakes listed, only the rattlesnake is dangerous to humans


Snakes can enter your home through existing points of entry such as cracks in the foundation or gaps around windows and doors. Inside your home, they can live in crawlspaces, garages, and under porches. They tend to enter homes in search of food such as rodents.

In the wild, Southern California snakes live in woodlands, grasslands, desert scrub, coastal scrub, and chaparral.

Life cycle

The life cycle of a snake depends on its species. Some snakes lay eggs, but other snakes give birth to live young. Generally, snakes mate in the spring, but can mate year-round in warmer climates.

In the case of snakes that hatch from eggs, they do so using a special egg tooth that breaks the leather-like membranes of their shells. These snakelets can immediately begin looking for food such as rodents and reptiles in order to grow. Juvenile snakes shed their skin as they grow, up to four times per year.

A snake becomes an adult within two to four years, and in this stage they shed their skin once or twice per year. In the wild, a snake can theoretically live for 20-30 years. However, due to factors such as predators and weather conditions, snakes in the wild typically live from 7-10 years.

Rudy’s Termite & Pest Control are licensed Coachella Valley snake removal experts. Contact us today and let us solve the issue effectively.

Interaction with humans

Though many of us fear snakes, they rarely want to cause us harm. However, a snake can become aggressive and defend itself if it feels threatened. Even though chances are that the snake on your property is non-venomous, their bites still carry harmful bacteria.

Some snakes are venomous, and others kill their prey through constriction. While most snakes in the Coachella Valley are not venomous, it’s better to play it safe and not try to remove a snake yourself. Snakes can defend themselves, and may bite if you try to remove it from your property.

Potential dangers or risks

Even though chances are that the snake on your property is non-venomous, their bites still carry harmful bacteria. They can also become aggressive if they feel threatened. In addition, the presence of snakes can indicate an infestation of rodents in your home or business.

Trying to remove a snake from your property can be difficult and even dangerous, so let the pest control experts help. At Rudy’s Termite & Pest Control, we have experience in humane snake removal in the Coachella Valley.