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Snakes: Harmless or Not?

As we progress into warmer weather, everyone starts stay outside more and enjoy the nice temperatures. However, we are not the only ones who likes warmer weather. Snakes start to venture out as well. This year they are being seen earlier than in previous years. While we are enjoying the pleasant days we may come across a snake and a lot of people wonder if it is venomous or not.

Each species of snakes has their own markings. A rattlesnake has rattles in its tail to warn predators away. A copperhead has a copper, brown, or red shovel head. A water snake has dark bands down its body. The easiest and fastest way to determine if a snake is venomous or not is that venomous snakes has vertical pupils while non venomous snakes has rounded.

Whether a snake is venomous or not, it likes to locate areas to hide or den in places that are dark, musty, or quiet. Those areas can be under a lawn mower, in a barn, under a porch, in a crawlspace or even in a home. If you suspect you have a snake in or around your home, give us a call at 804-867-7184.

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