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Where Do Snakes Live?

Snakes live in every continent (except Antarctica) and countries close to the arctic (Ireland, New Zealand, Greenland, and Iceland). 

For snakes, any place is habitable provided that the temperature is not classified as an extremely cold climate. Although where snakes typically reside might vary from species to species, hostile and isolated habitats for snakes, in general, are common.

This article will go over where snakes live in the city, whether or not they can live in your backyard or local parks, where their habitats are in the wild, and what dictates where they choose to live.

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What Decides Where Snakes Live?

Snakes are attracted to habitats where they can easily change their body temperature.

Snakes are reptiles and like most reptiles, they are solitary animals. So they will always find shelter that is good for just one snake. 

They need to control their body temperature very often and this is done by controlling the temperature of their surroundings.

To warm up they will lay in the sun for hours and find shade when necessary to cool them down. Snakes can be found under trees or logs, mainly as they are looking for shade.

In winter or harsh cold weather, snakes tend to brumate (become less active). They may do this in a group which is rare for solitary animals. When they brumate they do this in burrows or caves, safe from predators.

Read More: Where do snakes go in cold weather?

Where would snakes live in the rainforest?

Snakes look for three things in a shelter: it is hidden from view, protects them from their potential predators, and is a good place to ambush prey. 

In the Rainforest several snakes are located in the lowest layer: the river. Snakes that are constrictors (Green Anaconda) reside there away from predators for their safety.

Other species like the Brazilian Rainbow Boa live in the understory. The understory is one of the main places in the rainforest associated with snakes. Snakes who live in the understory situate themselves in the trunks of trees or root systems prepared to entrap their prey. 

Snakes would live in the River and the Understory of the Rainforest. These two sections are the lowest sections of the Rainforest.

Read more: The Layers of the Rainforest

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Where would snakes live in the city?

Snakes search for hostile and isolated places in the city. The most important factor is sound. Snakes dislike loud sounds because of the vibrations they cause.

One of the main reasons snakes choose to live in cities is the abundance of rats and other rodents (their prey). Add that to the fact there are a lot of hiding spaces such as alleys and basements, snakes have the perfect living environment. 

Research has shown that snakes like basking on hot concrete which the city is covered in. Many desert snakes or snakes that thrive more in desert-like conditions enjoy slithering on hot concrete.

The main place snakes reside in the city is underground or under certain greenery. Distinctly under shades and flora or even man-made structures like basements and furniture.

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Do Snakes Live In Your Backyard?

Yes. Snakes may live in your backyard. This includes but is not subjective to hedges and outdoor furniture.

Snakes usually hide under tall grass and leaf littering. They do this to hide from their main predators: birds. An unattended or neglected garden can result in snakes settling in. 

Contrary to the belief that snakes make their dens or burrows they find dens to hide in. These holes are mostly of rabbits or moles. Snakes enter dens to first check for food and if there is no food they use it as a hiding spot either straight away or for later purposes.

This part is about trees in backyards. Whether the tree was planted or it was a natural occurrence it attracts snakes. Compared to the Rainforest species of snakes, garden snakes that reside around trees are significantly smaller.

Read more: 7 Obvious Signs of Snakes in Your Yard

Can Snakes Live In Parks?

In most parks there are trees and trees are one of the main habitats for snakes. The snake population may vary from park to park. If there are more trees and the parks’ upkeep is low then it is likely there may be more snakes. 

The root systems and stumps are what attract snakes. This can be a good hiding spot for snakes as well as hedge-fences that surround most parks. 

Snakes avoid the middle section of the park as it is the main section that is always crowded with people. There is no guarantee that snakes always stay away from the center of the park. Snakes can settle in on the playground tunnels, specifically tunnels.

Parks provide all the requirements for a snake habitat, so snakes can be found in a park. 

Read more: Who let the snakes out?

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To sum up, snakes live everywhere except in extremely cold places. Snakes are very adaptable to their environment. They can control their temperature. Snakes do this by using their surroundings to their advantage.

Snakes are known to live in the river and understory of rainforests. They are subjective to good hiding places such as dens and burrows.

The population of snakes is rising in urban areas. In the city, snakes can be found in basements and hostile environments. Snakes can be found in places that are deemed as odd such as toilets and under beds.

Overall snakes live in hostile and solitary environments. Their habitat should protect them and have an abundance of food. Snakes can have more than one living environment for hiding away. 

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