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I'm moving to an area in New Mexico that is noted for an abundance of Rattlesnakes. When I lived in Tucson they were everywhere around and under the house, and we had to remove many.
My question is; will having a house full of Rodents make them try and enter my home?
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I couldn't tell you. There are probably rodent-eating snakes up there in Oregon, right? Do your rodents attract snakes into your current home? If you've never had a snake problem in your current place with rodents in your home, I wouldn't expect it to be too much worse in New Mexico. But I'm not an expert on this by any means, so maybe someone that lives down in that area and owns rodents can help you out! :)
Just as a side note, my grandmother was born in Salem, Oregon! :)
 

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You guys don't get it, when I lived in Tucson there were nests of Rattlesnakes under my house, it was a real problem, the fire dept. always gets calls about it. But they never came in because I didn't have their prey for them inside. But this time I have Rodents and they live on Rodents.
There are no snakes around Salem Oregon except maybe in a Zoo. Eastern oregon is high desert but too cold for most reptiles. The Southwest is the home to most concentration of Rattlesnakes in US.
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I would be very careful spider. Perhaps set up for an exterminator to coem to your house every so often to make sure that the snakes stay gone. The thing that makes me think they won't come in is because of you being there. You are big and scary to a snake but if they are hungry enough they may very well chance it. I would look into snake proofing your entire house asap just to be on the safe side. Make sure all holes and cracks are filled in and then call the local snake guy to come and remove them on a consistant basis.
 

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You should becareful, however snakes tend to stay away from big scary houses. I have owned snakes before and have lived out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by all kinds sorts of snakes and animals and never had a problem with them acually coming into my home just to eat my pets. Snakes would much rather hunt in places they feel comfortable and wouldn't go through all that trouble of finding a way in and subject themselves to danger/death just to eat your rat, when it can safely and much more easily find pray outside.
 

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Unless you have tons of rats it shouldnt be a problem...a snake is prone to stay outside more often than not because the temperatures are more accurate for them, its more "natural", and 2 or 3 rats isnt going to make him want to come in contact with a human (not that snake would even know they are in the house). I live in Texas and have owned a few snakes... whenever one would escape it would always be in the hottest part of the house...behind the stove, water heater, etc...never in the bedroom.
 
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