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Old 04-02-2016, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Come to Arizona. Everyone else is.

The snakes stay mainly in the mountain areas so you won't ever see one if you don't go hiking up there. Plenty of walking, biking paths everywhere. Plenty of heat, sun, pools, outside living.

Only in summer will you regret moving here. And then you can be a snowbird and leave for your other home.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:01 AM
 
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I plan on being a snowbird. Leaving Midwest home for the south January - March. Seems like the best way since we like our home and get out the area the worst time of the year.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:01 AM
 
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Come to Arizona. Everyone else is.

The snakes stay mainly in the mountain areas so you won't ever see one if you don't go hiking up there. Plenty of walking, biking paths everywhere. Plenty of heat, sun, pools, outside living.

Only in summer will you regret moving here. And then you can be a snowbird and leave for your other home.


I have seen any number of rattlesnakes in the suburban areas, along walkways and the like. I would say that I easily see one every three to four months. I am 14 miles from the nearest mountain.

If you want to keep rattlesnakes off your property, control the rodent population. To control the rodent population, don't leave out pet food or feed the birds or do anything that provides them food.
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Old 04-02-2016, 10:10 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Are you absolutely sure?
This is true. No snakes in Hawaii.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Jlawrence: Aren't you around Tucson? I was speaking of Phoenix area and should have said so. Maybe you have more wildlife around your home and walkways. I have never seen a snake in AZ.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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Looking for ideas…My wife and I are in our mid-50’s and are on track to retire in about 5 years. We have lived our whole lives in northwest Iowa where we have long cold winters. It is our desire to move someplace that has warm weather year-round. Walking/biking trails are a necessity. Shopping and restaurant choices are desirable. We currently have a second home on a lake, so living on or near water would be an option. The only other criteria – my wife is completely horrified of snakes, and I hate them, so would prefer to avoid areas where they exist.
With not much to go on it is hard to give you the perfect place. I do think you have a few good ones. Personally I would stick in the center of the country. Arkansas is a place you should consider or northeast TX and Oklahoma. They have much less snow and cold than you are used to. It is also close enough for family visits.
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Old 04-02-2016, 02:22 PM
 
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St Petersburg Florida.
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:05 PM
 
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Warm weather year around + on/near water = snakes

Sorry; I don't make the rules...

The west is probably better than the south on that score though. In the year around warm part of FL there are lots of snakes.
Welp, goodbye any intent I've ever had of owning a waterfront house.
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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There are no snakes in New Zealand
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Old 04-02-2016, 05:29 PM
 
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What's really nice is those, not us though, who can afford to be "snowbirds". We know two couples in their late 60's that are that way, but they have a pension, plus SS coming in each month. One thing for sure, to be a "snowbird" takes money!

Even though we're not really that fond of cold/snowy weather, we are highly considering moving back to the Front Range (Colorado) next year. We lived south of Denver for 5 1/2 years, endured the winters and really enjoyed the summers. Boating on lakes there is much easier than boating here in Florida. Not only is it easier, in our opinion, fresh-water boating is much easier on a boat engine. Anyway, when people are retired, like I already am and wife will be, when we say "goodbye" to Florida, don't have to go out in the winter weather nearly as much.........as in, going to and coming home from work.

BTW, looking at Longmont or Loveland.
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