There is actually no sufficient study that will prove that the snakes are highly territorial creatures. In fact, it is not uncommon to find two different species of snakes in a particular area. Nonetheless, the snakes have an ability known as ‘homing instinct’. It is highly likely that they will return to a particular location that offers them an accessible food source and shelter even after they have been relocated.
Understanding the Territory of the Snakes
Due to the destruction of their habitat brought about by the urbanization, seeing the snakes in the urban community and within our yard has become a regular occurrence. This is perhaps because most of their prey such as lizards, rats, and mice are found inside our house. Most snakes will also have a ‘home range’, which refers to the areas that are familiar to them.
In a huge home range, there will be tiny areas that they are quite familiar with. This will be where their hiding spots will be located as well as their basking area. There are types of snake that will have a varying range during summer and winter. They can be seen in the trees of the valleys on summer and on the rock of the cliffs when the winter comes. It is interesting to note that the snake will return to the same rock every winter season. Turns out, collecting rocks on the cliffs is also a threat to their existence.
How Far Will They Travel
Knowing the right distance that they are willing to travel to gather for food or to look for potential mate is quite hard to tell especially if there is limited information about it. Most of the species will travel only a short distance since their territory tends to overlap. They are known to be an ambush hunter. They will patiently wait for their prey to accidentally come to them. Ambush hunters are built heavily and they are not designed to travel on a longer distance and moving fast. Nonetheless, they are still willing to travel a great distance to look for their potential mate.
Aside from the ambush hunters, there are still snakes that are active hunters. The active hunters will move further when looking for their food. This is especially true to the thin and flat snakes that you will normally encounter in an open space. In this setting, the prey would be widely distributed and the food would be widely distributed among different wild animals. However, their movement will still happen in a restricted area but will be much larger than the ambush hunters.
These are just some of the factors that will help you understand the movement and the territory of the snakes. They are diverse species, so expect that you will see something that is uncommon. The information presented here pertains to the average type of snakes. Snakes are not social creatures though they can be found in a specific area with other snakes. During the nesting season, they will treat the other snakes as their competitors.
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