8. Venomous water snakes swim with their entire bodies visible above the water while non-venomous snakes keep their bodies under water.
While being in the countryside, you should remember that snakes can be anywhere and you should take the following precautionary measures:
- Cut tall grass in your yard and remove fallen branches — snakes usually like to hide there.
- Reduce the number of rodents around your country house, they usually attract snakes.
- You can spray a solution of ammonia in the far parts of your yard. Snakes don’t like its smell while ammonia itself isn’t dangerous to them.
- Choose closed-toed shoes while walking in the woods.
- Mountain climbers can be bitten by snakes because they like to hide in rock crevices. You should avoid such surfaces and keep your hands inside.
- Snakes likely never attack first. They only do it if they’re scared. But they become more aggressive during their mating period between June and July. A scared snake injects more poison.
- When walking in the wild, especially in wet, swampy areas, try to avoid tall, thick grass, or at least make noisy sounds beforehand by moving the grass with a stick.
- If you camp out for a night, cover up any sources of light since it attracts snakes. And don’t forget to shake your clothes out in the morning, human smell attracts snakes too.
- Don’t follow snakes out of curiosity. You can provoke a snake to attack you.