It took years before I saw a snake in Seattle.
I didn’t see snakes in Seattle, Washington for my first 15 years living in the city. Despite being an avid gardener and hiker, I’d never run into a serpent in the city. Then, one day on a hike in Seattle’s large Discovery park, I sighted a snake on a trail.
Not seeing snakes in Seattle, Washington isn’t uncommon.
In reality, there just aren’t many snakes in the Seattle area. And, of those known to live here, none to my knowledge are effectively venomous.
Yes, you’ll find snakes in outlying areas where development hasn’t been as dense as it is in Seattle. And, you might find them locations where development is relatively new. But, there too, you’ll mostly find innocuous little snakes.
Other snakes do live in other parts of Washington.
However, if you venture into the mountains or beyond, and you will start finding dangerous more serpents. This includes rattlesnakes.
Why would you want to have snakes in your garden?
Snakes can be a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Plus, the garter snakes that live in Seattle and many other areas, are a gardener’s helper. In fact, they’ll hunt and eat slugs. And, slugs are one of the worst pests PacNW gardeners deal with. So, be happy if you find a garter snakes in your Seattle, Washington garden. That means you’re growing a healthy garden. And, you probably have a lot less slugs than other gardeners.
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