Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry now for nearly 6 years since I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with Snakes in apartments complex, Snake removal from your everyday house hold, Snakes in the Attic, Snakes digging up yards, Snakes in Pools, Snakes stuck in Chimney’s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for Snakes and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website here at Animal-Pros.com.
Snakes are commonly found throughout all parts of the United States. While most species of snakes are not a threat to humans, many are terrified at the idea of even being in the same vicinity as a snake. Since they are reptiles, they are cold-blooded and require the sun to heat them, which is why you can often find them stretched out in your backyard. Often, snakes will not bother you if you don’t bother them, but many people will end up trying to chase them away which results in the possibility of the snake feeling trapped and turning to attack. Snakes are known for eating rodents, but they will also go after eggs and insects. Since snakes don’t use their own energy to heat their bodies, they do not have to eat very often, and depending on what they eat they only need to eat a few times.
If you are concerned about snakes passing through your yard this summer, there are several things you can do to make your yard look less appealing for snakes. Keeping the lawn trimmed is very important, snakes will gravitate towards tall grass as protection from their natural enemies. Piles of wood or leaves will also attract snakes to the area, they use these as a shady resting spot to cool down if they get too hot in the sun. If you have small children you will also want to keep their toys out of the yard, as these can be tempting for snakes to hide in as well. Snakes are known for turning up in pools and pool pumps as well, so it is important to properly maintain any standing water you may have near your home, this can include pools and ponds. If you do notice a snake in your yard, it is important to ensure that there are no access points on your home, where the snake could potentially get curious and wander (slither) inside.
10 Simple Steps for Effective Snake Removal & Control
There are several snake repellents on the market that you can purchase. While these repellents are helpful, they are most helpful when coupled with other prevention methods. There are snake traps on the market as well, however, these are not proven to be very effective. The best measures you can take are to properly maintain the lawn; and should a snake pass through, just leave it alone and it will eventually continue on its way. Snakes are nomadic in nature and often will not stay in one place too long, unless there is a constant food source.
Many people are afraid of snakes because they believe that all snakes are venomous, or they simply cannot tell which are and which aren’t so they would rather be safe than sorry. There are several myths out there of how to identify venomous snakes, however a lot of these are only true to maybe one species of venomous snakes and found in nonvenomous snakes as well. One of the most common misconceptions is that all venomous snakes have triangular heads and nonvenomous snakes have rounded heads. Many people who follow this rule could potentially put themselves in danger by approaching a venomous snake thinking it is non-venomous by head shape.
Most venomous snakes are fatter snakes, nonvenomous snakes will typically have thinner bodies. The pupils of venomous snakes is also different from nonvenomous snakes, nonvenomous snakes will have rounded pupils, while venomous snakes have slits for pupils. Not that I recommend you get close enough to try and see this difference, but it is a tell-tale sign! A lot of nonvenomous snakes will mimic the rattle of a rattle snake as a defense, which works not only on predators but on people that try to mess with them as well.
Even if a snake is venomous, it will still typically only strike if it feels threatened. So, the best option is always to leave the snake alone. However, if there is a snake in the area that you want removed immediately, you should contact a professional to help you identify what kind of snake it is.
Since snakes do not eat plants, they do not have a lot of fiber in their system so their feces tends to be mushier than animals who eat more fiber. Contrary to popular belief, snake droppings are not long and thin, they are actually thick. When it is fresh, droppings are a dark brown in color, however it will turn a lighter color with age. Since snakes also urinate from the same hole, the urine is mixed in with the feces; this is what gives the white color inside of snake droppings that you may find.
Snake droppings are often pretty difficult to identify, and that’s if you can find them. Snakes do not use the latrine system, meaning that they leave their droppings wherever they happen to fall, there is no rhyme or reason. Snakes will poop once per meal, so depending on the species and what they are eating depends on the regularity of droppings. Snake droppings have the potential to carry bacteria such as salmonella, so if you are coming into contact with it, you must wear protective materials.
While you may not be able to find snake droppings very easily, if you have a snake in your yard you may be able to find a snake skin. This can be startling at first, as snakes shed their skin all at once, so the skin will look like a whole snake. If you have a younger snake that is still growing rapidly, you may find more skins than if you have an older snake who has already matured. Younger snakes can shed every couple of weeks to accommodate for their growing body, while mature snakes will shed up to four times a year.
Snakes may also on occasion find their way into your home, so if you are finding snake droppings or snake skins inside your home this could be a sign that a snake has found its way inside. Snakes will often try to get into your home if you are experiencing rodent issues, as this is a constant food source for them. So if you find evidence of snakes, you may want to look for rodent evidence as well.