Adam Martell

San Tan Mountain Regional Park interpretive ranger Adam Martell shows off a king snake named Cleopatra in a 2013 video produced by Get Out and Maricopa County Parks and Recreation.

[Tribune file]

As the weather warms, the Phoenix Herpetological Society has begun receiving calls to remove snakes from backyards and others areas, and wants to remind people how to live safely with these wildlife.

Most important is to look where you step or reaching outdoors, and avoid sticking your hands in areas where you can’t see what you may be touching.

“When it’s hot during the day, snakes hide in shady or damp areas,” Debbie Gibson, vice president of the Phoenix Herpetological Society, said.

Homeowners often put themselves at risk when trying to deal with a snake on their property — an estimated 80 to 90 percent of rattlesnake bites happen when homeowners take matters into their own hands.

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