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The best protection against snakes is knowledge. Knowing which snakes are harmless and which are venomous not only increases your safety but is also educational and can be enjoyable. Harmless snakes keep rodent populations down, thereby decreasing the attraction of such places to other snakes.

There are many books that have good pictures and informative text on native snakes.

Recommended are:

"A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians" by Robert C. Stebbins. The Peterson Field Guide Series

"Deserts" by James A. MacMahon. National Audubon Society Nature Guides

"The Venomous Reptiles of Arizona" by Charles H. Lowe, Cecil R. Schwalbe and Terry B. Johnson, Arizona Game and Fish Dept.

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