TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The warmer temperatures are keeping southern Arizona first responders busy as the number of snake calls is surging.
The Rural-Metro Fire Department said April is prime snake time as the beginning of snake season is the most active.
Battalion Chief John Walka says snake calls jump to about 250 compared to 15-20 in January and February.
Walka said that’s why it’s important for people to be on alert - especially now as many families plan out their egg hunts for Easter.
He warns parents that good hiding spots for eggs are likely good hiding spots for snakes as well. Aside from extra precaution, Walka's advice to keep snakes away is to remove their food source and hiding spots.
“Do a thorough search of your yard first and take a rake to those areas. Make sure there’s no hiding areas because snakes like to hide in wood piles, rock piles… all places snakes can squeeze into," Walka said.
And if you do come across a snake, he says don’t try to handle it yourself. Instead, call animal control professionals or your local fire department.