Snakes slithering in the foothills

Snakes slithering in the foothills
BOISE, Idaho- It's the perfect weather and time of year to see snakes in the Treasure Valley. If a snake crosses your path in the Boise foothills, it can be a scary situation but wildlife expert Frank Lundburg says it doesn't have to be.

"If you leave the snakes alone, they will leave you alone," said Lundburg.

He says if you come across a snake just slowly walk around it. Plus in Idaho, chances are it's not even poisonous.

A gopher snake, and it's the most common kind of snake in the foothills.

"They are harmless to us but what's very important is they are some times mistaken for rattlesnakes," said Lundburg.

The snakes have a similar pattern but rattlesnakes are much less common. A rattlesnake has a broader head than the gopher snake and of course, the trade mark rattle.

Another snake you might see in the foothills is a racer snake and on the greenbelt you might see a garter snake. Neither are poisonous.

Lundburg says even with the rattle snake, it's not out to attack you so just walk away.

"Know the area you are going to, know what they look like and also remember that snakes are much more afraid of you than you are of them," said Lundburg.