Snake Removal: How to Get Rid of Snakes

Are you noticing snakes hanging around your home? While the snake you’re dealing with is more than likely harmless, however it can still be a frightening experience. You should always contact a professional before approaching a snake, to help handle your snake issue in a safe and humane way.

FAQ’s about Snakes

As you probably know, snakes are legless reptiles that are covered in scales and can often be seen with their tongues flicking out. Venomous snakes are the ones that you have to watch out for, these are typically pit vipers which hunt using an infrared-receptor that assist them in hunting by being able to detect the heat from their prey. Some common types of venomous snakes are rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads.

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Most snakes that you will find in the United States are not venomous, and an actually beneficial to have around. They will prey on small animals that can become nuisance pests, such as mice or rats. You will often see snakes on warm days as they are laid out sunning. They do this because they are cold-blooded and rely on the sun’s heat to keep their body temperature regulated.

Appearance: How can I tell what kind of Snake

When you are trying to differentiate between a venomous and non-venomous snake, there are a couple of characteristics that are beneficial in telling them apart. Venomous snakes will have a thicker, more triangular-shaped head. They will also have pits in between their eyes and nostrils, which is where the infrared organs are held. Not that you should ever get close enough to identify their pupils, but venomous snakes will also have elliptical (or slit shaped) pupils, while non-venomous snakes will have round pupils. Rattlesnakes, will also have a rattle at the end of their tail that they shake when they feel threatened. Snakes will also vary in sizes, some being a mere few inches in length while others can grow up to several feet.

Snake Habitats: Where Snakes Live

Snakes have adapted to live in specific environments, and will have certain requirements that must be met that will help decide where they need to live. Often, they will seek out dark or damp areas that provide them with protection from any predators. Common places for snakes to hide are piles of wood or debris, tall-grass, shrubbery, and occasionally inside your home or an abandoned burrow. They will often pick a location where they have an excellent and constant source of food.

Are Snakes Known to Enter Homes/Yards?

It is actually more common than you might think to find a snake in your home, as they will often seek out a place to hibernate for the winter. If you are experiencing rodents in your home or around your property, you can also expect to find snakes as they are attracted to the promise of food. They will often retreat to wherever they are staying so that they are able to rest and digest their food.

Do Snakes Harm People/Property?

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While most often, the most harm that snakes inflict on people is giving them a fright However, snakes are known to bite when they feel threatened - often this can be when you attempt to pick up a snake on your own. While being bitten by a snake will hurt regardless of species, only the bites from venomous snakes are actually dangerous.

However, should a venomous snake bite you, you should seek treatment immediately as depending on your tolerance and the species of snake the injection of venom could be lethal. Venomous vipers will strike when they feel frightened, injecting their venom through their fangs which will cause an immediate reaction - often swelling and intense pain. While it can be a frightening experience, snake bites are hardly deadly and in fact are one of the least common causes of death. Snakes will also not cause any harm to your property.

Snake Control and How to Safely Remove Snakes

Your best option to keep snakes away is to eliminate any potential shelter sources that could be in your yard. Getting rid of of debris or wood piles and keeping your grass mowed will discourage snakes from taking up residence in your backyard. You should also seal all gaps in your exterior walls to prevent any home intrusion.

You can also eliminate any potential food sources, by reducing insect and rodent populations that could potentially be in or around your home. You can also invest in a snake-proof fence to keep snakes away - although this can get to be a costly endeavor.

Capturing Snakes: Trapping and Removal

Occasionally, non-venomous snakes are protected and should not be killed. Which is why you should contact a wildlife professional to help take care of any snake issues in a humane way. They can also properly identify what type of snake you are dealing with. You should never try to hand remove a snake if you do not know how to properly do so, as even if the snake is dead they have the potential to bite and inject venom through a bite reflex.