Living with wildlife
* Know what animals are local in your area and their habits.
* learn breeding times (mainly spring)
* Look for potential entry points. Look for chewing, digging, tracks, scat, and urine marks
* Make repairs to entry points in your home during fall and winter when there are no young. In the spring, call a professional like Critter Care. Never seal any entry point until you are positive there are no animals inside.
* Secure lids of trash cans
* Secure any food, human or animal in metal containers with lids. Bring in pet food and water bowls at dusk
* Close and lock et doors at night
* Store firewood in your garage or shed. Outside, it's a perfect habitat for wildlife
* Check for loose and missing vents around your home
* Pick up fallen friut from frees daily
In nature, babies are born in the spring because the weather is mild, days get longer and resources are plentiful for mother and baby.
Found a baby bird?
Found a baby mammal?
Common snakes in the bay area
Pacific Gopher Snake
Adults are typically 4 to 5 ft. long.
Hatchlings are around 15 inches long
Probably the most commonly seen snake in our area.
Found in many habitats - grassland, chaparral, agricultural, riparian, woodlands, from sea level to the mountains. Often confused with rattlesnakes, but the tail is long and thin with no rattle
18 to 43 inches long.
Diurnal. Common in wetland areas.
Common and conspicuous. Abundant in some areas.
Found in grassland, mixed woodland, forest, dunes, and brushland. Most likely to be found near water.
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake
Adults are typically 3 to 4 feet long.
Nocturnal and crepuscular in hot temperatures, and also diurnal during moderate temperatures.
Common and conspicuous.
Found in many habitats, including seaside dunes, scrub, grasslands, rocky hillsides, chaparral, open woodlands, and agricultural fields.
No longer present in most developed areas.
Although most snakes found in California are harmless, the northern pacific rattlesnake can deliver a venomous bite if provoked. Its coloration allows it to blend in with the soil, providing excellent camouflage. Rattlesnakes and gopher snakes have similar coloration, therefore rattlesnakes are often mistaken for its harmless cousin. Therefore, use caution and avoid any snake you see in the wild.
Hayward Animal Services does not go out for nuisance wildlife, but here are a few companies that do:
Humane Wildlife Control
1-855-5-HUMANE or 1-855-548-6263
Oakland Critter Control
All N One Pest Eliminators
Allstate Animal Control
Other Resources for wildlife
East Bay Regional Park District
1-888- EBPARKS or 1-888-327-2757
Ohlone Humane Society
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Sulphur Creek Nature Center