If you’ve lived in the region for any length of time you know that snakes live here too. They like to sun themselves to raise their body temperature. On hot days especially you may find them on the sidewalk, street, on a trail or even in your yard. Snakes provide a necessary balance to our ecosystem. Without snakes, the rodent (think mice and rat) population will increase rapidly. If you encounter a snake at your house, use your garden hose to spray water on it from a distance. Getting the snake cold will get it to move. If you are on a trail, give it a wide berth and plenty of time to retreat. Never provoke or corner it.