New Mexico Snake Problems

The warm weather in Santa Fe, NM, makes the city an ideal home for nearly 50 types of snakes. Snakes can often be found outdoors in the following places:

Snakes may also enter holes in walls to access attics, especially if rodents are inside.

A snake will naturally try to avoid people, but may become hostile when scared or cornered. While bites from any of these pests can be painful, rattlesnakes in Santa Fe are the only local species that pose a real threat to humans.


Rattlesnakes are the most common venomous snakes in Santa Fe. The noisy rattle on their tails serves as a warning for predators and gives away their presence long before the pests become visible.

Area residents should be sure to listen for this telltale hissing noise when walking in tall grasses or brush.