As the weather warms, the Phoenix Herpetological Society is receiving calls to remove snakes from backyards and others areas, and wants to remind people about living safely with these wildlife. Most important is to look where you are stepping or reaching outdoors, and avoid sticking your hands in areas where you can't see what you may be touching. Another tip for living with snakes safely includes carrying a flashlight after dark and walking away if you encounter a snake.

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. At least 13 species of rattlesnake and few other types of venomous snakes make their home in Arizona. However, far more non-venous snakes are found in the state.

For information about the Phoenix Herpetological Society, call (602) 550-1090 or go to www.phoenixherp.com.

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