In most of our backyards there will be no poisonous snakes such as the venomous Western Rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis, shown at the left. If you do spot a snake in your backyard -- unless you live near a natural or semi-natural area -- it probably won't be venomous, at least not in North America. (But see box at the bottom of this page.)
Still, that does not mean that if you see a snake you should feel free to try to catch it. In many places it conceivably could be poisonous, and even non-poisonous snakes can bite. Besides, it's very upsetting to any wild creature to be caught.
It's a shame that people often react so hysterically toward snakes, for these creatures are really to be admired -- not only because of their usefulness in controlling rodent populations but also because they are such streamlined, exquisitely adapted, beautiful and interesting organisms.
To get you started on discovering the snakes in your own neighborhood, here are our special pages:
These other websites may be of interest to you, too: