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Old 04-01-2015, 07:12 PM
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Ok - I should have appended to my previous post - but I wasn't sure if people will respond to an ongoing thread as much as they would to a new one.

I had questions about snakes and other creatures of nature- we are moving from NY ( not C but close ) .
I still don't have a good answer to my "snake question" - perhaps I mixed too many questions. My wife is afraid of snakes. She is worried, I mean really worried, that she will see snow inside our house, or in the front or back yard, in and around the pool and bathroom and bedroom,closets,....
She tells me that that the main story in some local newspaper (from Tucson) is about snakes.
She tells me that we have to use flashlight before we step out because we may hit a snake.
What about kids? How will they survive with all the "snake" fear?

I want to please hear from people actually live in Oro Valley - not people who have heard of Oro Valley.

Are there any areas (specific neighborhoods or developments) that are snake free? Are there services like pest control that can make your house ( and the land ) snake free?
Do I need to worry about my kids getting bitten by a snake?
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:13 PM
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I think the Snake-Scorpion thing is a little bit overdone in Arizona. You actually have to go out in the desert and at the right time of year to really find snakes and Gila Monsters. I went out one day and saw four rattle snakes in late April after a lot of hiking. Since then I have only seen a couple of harmless snakes. If your in the middle of a dense residential area I doubt if you will ever see a snake. I think most people in Tucson look at snakes as part of the environment. I know where I live no one would think of killing a snake...even a rattler. I saw one Gila Monster and consider myself lucky. I would caution though about moving piles of rocks or wood or picking up stuff where something could crawl under it. The only really large scorpion I ever saw came after I started moving a large pile of rocks. I currently have a pile of wood behind my house and I would be very careful if I really decided to dig into it.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:44 PM
Location: Southern Arizona
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As I have posted a number of times before, JimGreener . . .

Snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them!

Common Sense goes a long way when it comes to snakes and other Desert Critters. Such things as don't reach blindly into a dark area or under a bush, etc and you will be just fine. If, and I emphasize IF you come upon a snake . . . don't try to "corner" it and give it as much space as possible to go its own way.

Without a doubt . . . snakes do far more good than harm.

As for kids . . . it is obvious you and your wife are creating more fear and harm to your kids than any snake could possibly do.
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Old 04-02-2015, 01:49 AM
Location: West of the Catalinas East of the Tortolitas
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I live in Oro Valley. No doubt snakes live in areas that are more "au naturel", closer to the foothills where there are good rocks, hiding places and things to eat. The eastern edge of OV on the east side of Oracle Rd. fits that description. I've lived here for 5 years and I've only seen one snake, and it was a King Snake, pretty long, but totally harmless. In fact if you have a King Snake, you probably won't have rattlers. Most of OV is on the west side of Oracle, and even with natural landscaping, you won't have too many critters. Bees are migrating now (Africanized) and they're more deadly than any snakes and scorpions you'll ever encounter.

We do have Scorpions, but they're not running all over at night killing babies and young children. If your windows are tight, your doors close tightly, the chances of ever seeing a scorpion in your house are pretty slim. I've had 3 and all were before I got a pest services. You don't have to check your shoes for them, or go around the house with a black light, unless you really like doing that sort of thing for fun. Bark scorpions are the nasty ones, but in the unlikely event that they sting you, you'll likely recover just fine.

If Oro Valley were so bad, do you really think we'd have a well respected university here, as well well maintained sub-divisions, golf courses, shops everywhere, an aquatic center, and beautiful parks? No, it's not the snake infested, scorpion invasion, type of place people would want to live in. You'll be fine!
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Old 04-02-2015, 05:52 AM
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Thanks. Beyond snakes now :- ) How are the schools. Our kids are going to be in middle school this year
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