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Snakes

It is rare to encounter a snake problem in the U.S. As shy creatures, if you see one, it is likely that they will simply be passing-by as quickly as possible. They tend to avoid contact with people so will steer clear of you and your pets.

Most snakes are extremely timid creatures and are only likely to attack if cornered or provoked as attack is, in most instances, simply a form of defense.

Problems with snakes will need to be dealt with using very specific skills. If you have concerns regarding a snake issue, especially non-native imports we would urge you to contact your local Department of Natural Resources or the National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC). 

Snake Awareness

Learning and teaching ‘snake awareness’ to you and your family is an important part of protecting you and them from snakes. This awareness of snakes and snake bites has a three pronged approach:

  • Be aware of the dangers posed by snakes and take steps to avoid them
  • As far as you are able, ‘proof’ your home and garden against snakes
  • Know the symptoms of a snake bite and the appropriate treatment

The most common snakes species that you may encounter in the U.S, include:

  • Garter Snakes
  • Rattle Snakes
  • Copperhead Snakes
  • Coral Snakes
  • Cotton Mouth Snakes

For your own safety and that of the snake, you should never touch them and whenever possible, please try not to be alarmed.

Click here to understand the signs of the presence of snakes.

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