Snakes are commonly found in residential areas, especially those near bodies of water, in newer developments that overtook woodlands and in rural locations. Even though it can be startling or scary to run across them unexpectedly, it’s normal for a snake to be in your yard.
Snakes seek shelter in areas with coverage, like in heavy vegetation, piles of leaves, under rocks and in cracks. Where there is shelter, there is usually a food source for snakes as well – this includes rodents, insects, amphibians, fish and even chickens and their eggs. If your yard features a natural or artificial water source, snakes may be drawn to it as they need water to survive.