Fall is the season when baby snakes hatch in North America, which means that your chances of seeing a snake increase this time of year. If you do encounter a snake — baby or adult — just leave it alone. Snakes of all ages are afraid of humans, so if you don’t bother the snakes, chances are, they won’t bother you.

As fall turns to winter, snakes disappear into their cozy hibernation dens. But until then, in case you encounter one — or several — here are some helpful snake facts from wildlife rehabilitator Caroline Seitz of Reptiles Alive.

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