I built this website as a resource for people who want to get rid of a snake problem. I am a snake control expert with 15 years of experience, and I am friends with hundreds of other snake removal experts. This website provides practical tips and resources for you to solve any problem you may have with a snake in your home or snakes on your property.
Option 1 - WALK AWAY AND LEAVE THE SNAKE ALONEMaybe the snake is just passing through your yard. Maybe it's a harmless snake, and even good to have around. Not every snake sighting is cause for alarm or active snake removal. You can read this guide: Is it Venomous?, or look at my many Snake Photos, or pictures of dangerous snakes such as the Copperhead Snake, the Cottonmouth Snake, or common harmless ones like the Garter Snake.
If you must remove a snake, you basically have four options for getting rid of your snake(s). First, you can call a professional wildlife expert from my below directory. This person can catch and remove the snake(s) and take other actions necessary to solve the snake problem. Second, you can purchase a snake trap if you wish to catch the snake yourself. Third, you can modify your land and seal up your house to help keep snakes away and out of the house. Fourth, you can try a snake repellent.
Option 2 - HIRE A PROFESSIONALWe can solve your snake problem for you. Our nationwide group of snake specialists services 95% of the US population. Click here to find your local snake removal expert in your town. Below are just some of our more popular areas:
Option 3 - BUY A SNAKE TRAPIf a snake is indoors, a trap will work. I do not recommend using a glue-based trap outdoors, because it can inhumanely catch other small critters. I have reviewed and field tested several snake trap designs, and the one featured below is the most durable and effective. It is the highest quality snake trap available on the market. Read more about Snake Trap.
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Option 4 - HABITAT MODIFICATION & EXCLUSIONThere's a reason you have snakes on your property or in your house. Your property is in an area of the country that has snakes (that includes most areas), and your property has features that are attractive to snakes. Most commonly, this means that your property is full of debris that attracts snakes. Snakes like a safe place to live and hunt and hide, and places to crawl in. So vegetation is a big snake attractor. So you can, if you wish, eliminate or trim back heavy vegetation. But more than that, if you have any rocks, sidewalk, plywood, a shed, or anything else that snakes can crawl under and den in, then you've REALLY got some attractive snake habitat. Eliminate all of these areas. Fill in gaps under rocks with dirt. Install an exclusion barrier, like a steel screen, around your shed or deck. Get rid of plywood or bricks or other debris. You can also install a fine-mesh fence sloping outward at a 30 degree angle, or tall solid fence around the perimeter of your property. If you've got snakes in your house, find out how they are getting in via a full inspection of the house. Use a polyurethane foam such as Great Stuff to seal any openings, and install weather stripping where you find gaps under doors. You can read more about How to Keep Snakes Away here, but in summary:
- Eliminate debris such as wood or rock piles on the property.
- Cut down heavy brush or trim back hedges.
- Seal small gaps under doors or decks, etc.
- Use funnel type traps or glue board type traps along edges.
- Seal shut any entry points into the house.
- An extreme remedy would be a perimeter wide fence.
The following remedies do not work:
- Use of sisal rope around the property, as if the rope is tough on a snake's belly.
- Use of snake repellants such as sulphur, mothballs, or Snake-A-Way.
- Use of ultrasonic sound emitters (snakes can't hear, at least in high frequencies).
- Use of fake owls or hawk decoys.
Option 5 - USE A SNAKE REPELLENTI included this section to inform and educate. Unfortunately, most snake repellents don't work. Only rare specialty items such as predator scents like mongoose urine or kingsnake musk have shown any (limited) effectiveness, and these aren't available to the public. Many of my listed wildlife trappers have access to such materials, but they're not sold anywhere online or elsewhere. There are in fact many snake repellents marketed and sold, and if you want, go ahead and do a Google search for "snake repellent", and you'll find all sorts of products. But they're bogus! Most are made of napthalene (mothball flakes) which DO NOT WORK and which just poison the environment! Don't use them! Or the products contain sulphur or coyote urine. These are the same gimmick ingredients used in all generic animal repellents, like "rat-away" or "squirrel-repel". They are a scam, and they do not work! I have tested all of these products extensively over many years in the field, and they are all, except for mongoose urine or kingsnake musk, totally bogus. And even the mongoose or kingsnake scents aren't a guarantee, and they wash away relatively quickly. Hiring a pro or setting a trap is a much more effective option. The pro is more expensive, but the trap is about the same cost as a phony repellent. Oh, and forget anything that claims "ultrasonic sound" or vibrations or anything, those have been certified as grade-a scams by the federal trade commission.
The Bottom LineMany snakes are actually beneficial for the environment, and there's more harmless snakes than venomous ones. But if you are uncomfortable with snakes on your property, or you want to know how to get rid of snakes in your house, you certainly have options. Typically, a professional snake removal expert is the best - they know how to get rid of snakes around the yard, in the basement, under a home, etc. from years of experience, and experience counts for a lot. But a snake trap is also a very effective and viable option. Repellents simply don't work, despite all the fancy-pants manufacturer claims. If you use a repellent, it's only a placebo, with no real effectiveness. Sealing your house against snakes is a good idea, and it can keep out bugs and mice as well. Altering your property is a harder task, and there will always be snakes outside, but eliminating clutter is a good idea. If you do see a snake, and you are scared, just leave it alone. Most snake bites actually occur when people try to kill snakes, or catch them by hand, or push them with a broom, or any other interaction. So just leave the snake alone, and call a pro or purchase a trap.
Snake Topic of the month: What is a snake’s natural diet, and how does it obtain its food?Like any other animal that you encounter, the snake has to have food to be able to survive. Despite the fact that snakes are cold-blooded creatures, they still must take in food, digested, and use that food both for storage and for energy.
What separates a snake from a lot of other kinds of animals yet still makes it quite similar to other reptiles is the kinds of foods that it eats. This may make you wonder what it is that makes up the snake’s natural diet?
The Snake’s Natural Diet
Whether you own a snake and need to be able to provide for its diet or you simply want to know what a snake will eat, there are a few things you should be aware of. Snakes are carnivores, which means that they prefer to eat meat above all other things. Larger size snakes, such as the cobra, Python, and others of this size will eat much larger organisms to maintain their diet. This can be animals the size of a coyote, small bear, or other creature that is large enough to maintain the diet of these mammoth snakes.
Some pythons, for example, can grow to be 30 feet longer or more. This means that they have a greater dietary need that must be met and so eating larger sized animals are able to accommodate that for them. To be honest, pythons have even been known to eat people. By crushing them with their enormous muscles in their bodies, they are able to kill the human beings and then begin the process of eating them by slowly pulling the corpse into their mouth and digesting it through their enormous stomach. Gross, there is no doubt, but highly effective.
For much smaller snakes, maybe even just a foot in length, the primary source of food are small insects such as crickets, roaches, and other nasty little bugs like this. They, too, are looking for meat to be able to devour and these insects provide exactly what they are looking for.
The vast snakes will eat such things as rats, mice, and other small critters like this. Because of the fact that their stomach can expand to the size of the food, as long as they are able to pull the food into their mouth they can begin the digestive process.
How Does a Snake Get Its Food
While understanding its diet helps you figure out what kinds of food it needs to meet, there is also a predatory aspect about a snake that is important about how it obtains its food. As mentioned, snakes are true predators which means that they do not go out gathering food, such as berries or plants. Instead, they are out hunting for the food that they want and will use their speed and guile to be able to attain that food.
The average snake is incredibly quick and has sharp teeth that help it to latch on to their prey. A snake will hide in the weeds, and a hole in the ground, or even hang from a tree waiting for its prey to come by. Once it is within the range, the snake quickly lashes out toward its food, sinking its jaws into the animal until it is completely submissive to the snake.
In some breeds of snake, they are able to inject a venom into their prey which paralyzes it, making it easy to be able to control and eat it. Others are able to simply kill off the prey by biting on it, and then can start to eat.
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