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Our Slithering Friends Are Back

It’s almost summer and temperatures are heating up. Beaches and pools will soon start to open and be filled with all type of summer time fun. Not only will the kids be out of school, but snakes will be joining the outdoor fun too. There are many different type of snake species within our area. Both venomous and non-venomous. The key is to be fully knowledgeable with the type of snake you encounter.

First and foremost, NEVER TRY TO KILL OR CAPTURE A SNAKE. Most snake bites occur from a non-professional wildlife tech trying to capture or kill it. 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.

There are many different types of snakes in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia area. The three venomous snakes are a copperhead, cottonmouth, and rattlesnake. Yes, rattlesnakes are being seen in the tri state area too.


A copperhead snake is a venomous snake within the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area. These snakes also have vertical pupil with a heat sensor added to the location between the eye and the nostril. The head is triangular and coppery-red. The distinctive pattern on a copperhead is hour glass shaped cross bands that are chestnut colored to dark brown. The juvenile copperhead snake has a sulfur yellow tail; however, it turn black as the snake gets older. Copperheads mate between April – June and give birth in August up to 7 young. They also can mate in September as well.


These snakes are considered a pit-viper which means they have a heating sensing added to the location between the eye and the nostril on the head. The cottonmouth name refers the action taken by the snake to notify other animals including humans its presence. The opening of the mouth shows an inner white lining to make it visible.


Yes, rattlesnakes have been spotted within our area. Rattlesnakes are highly venomous and the babies even more. When feel threatened, they will rattle their tail giving off a warning before they strike. They range between 5-8 feet long and can strike up to the length. Like the copperhead, rattlesnakes have vertical pupil with a heat sensor added to the location between the eye and the nostril. They don’t like the cold so their surroundings provide the heat for them.

Remember, Never try to capture or kill a snake. Give Elite Wildlife Removal a call at 804-867-7184 or 301-848-5048. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to offer you help with any of your wildlife needs.


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