Camping is a great way to get out and explore nature, but it's important to be aware of the potential dangers that come with it. Venomous snakes live in every state except Alaska, so it's important to take precautions when camping in snake territory. A campfire can help keep them away, and it's best to set up your tent in an open campsite rather than a shady, wooded area. Keeping a tidy campsite is also important, as it will reduce the number of hiding places for snakes and other critters.
Additionally, there are no effective snake repellents, so it's best to avoid camping in habitats that are ideal for snakes. If you do encounter a snake in your campsite or motorhome, the first thing you should do is keep a safe distance and try to identify it. If it's a harmless species, such as a common snake, you can pick it up and take it out of the camp. Making noise while you're at camp can also be enough of a deterrent to keep snakes away from your tent area. As an avid camper and biologist, I've encountered a good number of snakes in the wild and learned how to interact with them safely. While there's no guaranteed way to keep snakes out of your camp, following these tips can help minimize your chances of encountering them.