Las Vegas's Conclusive Guide The Mojave Desert Sidewinder

1/10/2020


a mojave desert sidewinder snake in the backyard of a home in las vegas nevada

The desert can be a beautiful and formidable place. While geckos and roadrunners may be fun to watch, there are other creatures living in the Vegas area that might not be nearly as entertaining. The Mojave Desert Sidewinder is one such creature. These snakes are extremely venomous, so homeowners and business owners in Las Vegas need to know what to look out for.

How To Identify A Mojave Desert Sidewinder

Sidewinders are also called horned rattlesnakes. This is because of raised scales above their eyes, probably meant to protect them from the sand. Sidewinders grow to be between 18 and 30 inches. Their coloring can range from grey to yellow, but it’s usually a sandy color to help them hide and blend into their desert surroundings. Sidewinders do have a rattle, like other snakes, but it’s small and often quiet. Listening for a rattle is not a reliable way to locate and identify a sidewinder.

Sidewinders are distinctive in the way they move. Unlike other snakes that slither forward, sidewinders move in a sideways, s-shape. They pull themselves forward using their head as an anchor. If you see a sidewinder in motion, it will be easy to identify based on this winding, sideways movement.

Keeping An Eye Out For Snakes

Sidewinders live in deserts and warm climates. They’re mostly found around sand, in places like dunes or sandy plains. They may also live near shrubs, bush, or woodlands. On your property, they’ll look for relatively undisturbed areas. They may hide by the base of bushes or shrubs. Often, sidewinders will bury themselves in the sand, becoming nearly invisible. To avoid an unwanted run-in with one of these snakes, keep an eye out when walking outside, especially in sandy areas. You may see their faces sticking out of the sand. Their distinctive horned scales will help you know to stay away.

Mojave Desert Sidewinder Dangers

Mojave Desert Sidewinders are venomous. Though a bite from a sidewinder isn’t likely to kill you, you should seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten. Bites may result in severe pain, swelling, bruising, nausea, dizziness, and shock. The bite may not hurt initially, but the pain may become severe with time. If left untreated, a bite can be fatal.

Protecting Your Home From Mojave Desert Sidewinders

To lower your chances of getting bitten by a horned rattlesnake, you should take steps to keep them off your property. Proper landscaping will lower their options of hiding places. However, be wary when working outside, and check for snakes especially before working around bushes, shrubs, or rocks.

For the best protection, have Red Rock Pest Control come by to inspect your property. We’ll help you determine possible attracting factors or areas where sidewinders might hide. We can also work with you to create a pest control treatment plan for eliminating sidewinders already on your property. Don’t let these dangerous snakes keep you inside. Let us help you protect your home or business from these pests.




 

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