Snake Removal and Snake Control

Snake removal In the United States is a common problem, the mere mention of the word 'snake' evokes an emotional response. It may be wonder, exhilaration, shock or even fear. Many of these responses occur because snakes appear and behave unlike any other animal we know. Others are deeply rooted in tales and myths that give snakes extraordinary powers and abilities. Regardless of their source, misconceptions about snakes have made them among the most persecuted of all animals. In the US a common reaction to a snake is to kill it whether or not it poses a danger. However, the fact is that most snakes in Virginia are harmless and even dangerous ones would rather flee than fight. Once we begin to learn about snakes, we can replace our misconceptions with facts and our fears with curiosity, and we can begin to appreciate their important roles in our environment.

Snakes are reptiles and belong to the same group of animals as lizards, turtles and crocodiles. Reptiles have dry scales that shed periodically. Unlike mammals and birds, reptiles cannot generate body heat and depend on outside sources to raise their body temperature. This trait makes them wait out long periods of extensive cold and hot conditions, a habit that contributes to their secretive nature. With Americas moderate climate snakes seldom are inactive for more than a month a at a time.

Snakes differ from other reptiles by having no legs, ears, or eyelids, and by possessing only one functional lung. The most notable characteristic of a snake is its extremely long, slender body. A snake's body allows it to effortlessly climb, swim in our streams, and slip into the smallest spaces. Although snakes lack ears and cannot technically hear, they do have the ability to detect low frequency vibrations from the air and ground. Instead of eyelids, snakes have a clear scale covering for each eye. The shedding of this scale causes the eye to cloud over for a few days, which led to the myth that snakes go blind during certain times of the year. In some southern states this happens 2 to 3 times a years.

Worldwide there are over 2,700 snake species distributed throughout every continent except Antarctica. There are 430 species in the United States. They occur across the U.S from coastal marshes, agricultural fields, and abandoned buildings, to Piedmont forests and mountain ridge tops. Within these habitats, snakes play important roles as both predator and prey. All snakes eat other animals, and none feed on plants. Snakes are able to swallow prey whole because their jaws are loosely attached together. Major prey includes insects, fish, amphibians, other reptiles, birds and their eggs, and rodents. Some snakes have very specialized diets of only one or two prey types. Certain mammals, birds, and humans are significant predators of snakes. Some of the most common snakes most people have a fear of are Black Racer Snake, Copperheads, Cottonmouths, Burmese Python, Rat Snake, Garter Snake, Rattlesnakes and any and all types of water snake control.

In a urban setting a snake in your home is the most difficult situation for all concerned, including the snake. A snake is usually in your house to find food such as mice and rats. Eliminating the food source will likely rid you of your snake problem. In The United States almost all snakes that enter homes are non-venomous species. A snake can enter any opening that a mouse can squeeze through. Sealing all crevices and spaces where pipes and electrical wires enter the dwelling will help prevent snakes from making your house their home. This can be a very time consuming task and sometimes requires a professional to inspect the property to assure you do not "seal" the snake inside your home. some of the more common problems we see with snakes in a urban enviroment is snakes in the garage, snakes under house, snake in attic and snakes in woodpiles. You can also use these pages to find out what happens to you when you get bit by a venomus snake. Snakes can alsol cause insulation to become contaminated in attics. by dropping their fecal and urine in the attic portion of a home.

Snakes can be one the most benefical animals in The U.S. They help us reduce the rodent population. However snakes pose a huge problem to homeowners and wildlife professionals in The U.S. Most snakes are very shy and inhabit inaccessible places that are hard to see. Most people have snakes in there homes and never realize it. One thing that 98 % of our snake calls have in common is that most of the time there is a bug or a rodent problem in the home. One key thing to do when dealing with a snake in the home is to find out what he's doing there, what he's eating and what stage of growth he's in. Those are the 3 key factors in helping a professional determine a program to eliminate your snake problem. Very rarely will removing a snake from the home completely solve your problem. To have a professional to deal with your home snake problems, give Animal Control Solutions a call or you can find a professional wildlife Control Operator here.

Some questions and Emails that we receive about snake:

  • What are Snakes? Snakes are reptiles, just like lizzards, (their closest relative) and alligators. The most unmistakable trait of a snake is they have no limbs such as arms or legs.
  • have a bunch of gartner snakes on my property and would like to have them removed. thanks,
  • My daughter is moving out to the country and their neighbor told them that she has been bitten by a copperhead several times and that they are in the yards.
    Do you have a way of removing or preventing snakes of this type from coming around. Sorry if this is a dumb question. Just wondering if anything can be done she has 2 very curious boys that love animals, bugs and probably snakes too.
    thanks