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Snakes do not generally pose any problems around our homes, but many people do not want them nearby. Snakes can safely be removed from an unwanted location alive, but they should be released on the same property where they were found, Wildlife Illinois advises.
To catch a snake, you should always wear gloves, Wildlife Illinois reports. Never handle a snake directly unless you are absolutely certain it is not venomous.
If you don’t want to handle a snake directly, lay a garbage can or another container on its side and gently sweep the snake inside with a broom. Once the snake is in the container, tip it upright and cover it before relocating it. You can also use the tines of a rake or a hoe to gently lift a snake into a container.
When relocating snakes, place them away from roads, Wildlife Illinois suggests. Look for sunny areas that are not frequently mowed and have places where they can safely take cover, such as logs, rocks and tall grass.
If there’s a snake in your yard and you want to keep it from coming closer to your home, try spraying a hose in its direction, but avoid spraying the snake itself. If you find a snake on a road or trail that may be in danger of being run over, you can use a stick to gently prod it to a safer location.
All wildlife in Illinois are under the jurisdiction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The Forest Preserve District of Will County does not treat, rescue or remove wildlife from public or private property. Both the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife Illinois maintain lists of wildlife rehabilitators you can contact for assistance with injured wildlife.
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