Snakes, best avoided, are vital to our ecosystem

Snakes are found just about anywhere. Inevitably, humans and snakes will cross paths. Like everything in nature, snakes play an important role in their environments. While many people may have a fear or dislike the slithering creatures, there are many tasks they perform that help keep the natural balance. Understanding the roles they play in the environment may help open people’s eyes to see the importance of these creatures.

Nature’s Pest Control

Many snake species are fairly opportunistic when it comes to their prey. However, Bence Carter, an Alabama Extension forestry, wildlife and natural...