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Now, That’s A Snake

During the summer months, there is so much activity go on. The outside temperatures get warmer and the days are longer. Businesses in tourist locations get ready for the season with the increase in visitors. School lets out and children are on the loose playing with their friends having a great time. Not only are the children out and about, wildlife animals are too. Unfortunately, snakes are among them.

There was an article floating around Facebook regarding a gigantic rattlesnake caught in Oklahoma according to the "Wide Open Country Staff". The article states that rattlesnakes are usually measured 3 ½ to 4 ½ feet long; however, the snakes that were hunted was either seven feet or longer. Unfortunately, the hunters was unable to get an accurate measurement due to the animal did not want to stay still.

Here is the link to see the video of hunters with the snakes they captured.

Rattlesnakes are a type of snake that is also found among the eastern states. The most common snake types that can also be found within this area both non venomous and venomous are:

  • Eastern Garter

  • Rat

  • Northern Black Racer

  • Northern Brown

  • Northern Copperhead

  • Northern Water (Moccasin)

  • Eastern Cottonmouth

Snakes typically stay out of cold temperatures. Venomous snakes such as rattlesnakes, copperheads and cottonmouths hibernate when the weather cools down. Usually snakes will start the hibernation process at the end of October. Some snakes don’t really hibernate. They do something similar brumation. Hibernation is when an animal goes to sleep to save their energy. However, brumation is when an animal is less active but not asleep. Their body temperature lowers and their metabolism slows in which they will want to feed less.

There are precautions that can be taken to reduce the chance that you will encounter a snake.

  • Keep vegetation thinned and trimmed by wearing heavy work gloves, shoes or boots.

  • Remove piles of leaves and brush away from walkways and play areas.

  • Be alert when working around stacks of lumber.

  • When outside at night, use a flashlight and shine before you step. Also use it when working in a dark shed, garage or barn as well.

  • Remove anything around your home that will attract rodents which is a main course for snakes.

If you do happen to encounter a snake, DO NOT mess with it. You need to call a professional wildlife company that specializes in humanly capturing the snake and remove it from your Our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you in any of your wildlife pest needs. Here are some tips to help you if encountering a snake does happen.

  • Never try to capture or kill a snake. Most snake bites occur from a non-professional wildlife tech trying to capture or kill it.

  • Stay on the trail/path if you are hiking or taking a stroll in the woods. Avoid rocks and logs due to snakes like to hide under these areas. Also avoid tall grass because a snake can be easier seen if the grass is kept maintained. Know your surroundings.

  • If you happen to come across a snake, even if it's not venomous, stay calm. You don't want to make any sudden movements toward the snake, walk away from it or go the opposite direction. If you are not able to go the opposite direction, then you want to give the snake a wide distance between you both as you circle around it.

  • Protect your pets. Make sure you put your pets inside or in a fenced off area of your property if you come in contact with a snake on your property. Dogs typically go after any animal which comes on its territory.

  • Teach your children what he/she should do once comes in contact with a snake as well. We all teach our children a fire safety route if our home is on fire. They also need to have a plan of what to do if they come in contact with any wild animal. property. Elite Wildlife Removal is a licensed wildlife company that specializes in wildlife control and removal.

Remember, if you happen to encounter a snake, give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184 or 301-848-5048. We will be more than happy to work with you.

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