Snakes are in every state of our country. you will at one time or more in your life run across them, whether in your garden, garage or even in your home.
The top three pictures to the side were sent to me by a client that took these in Texas at an oil well site, I thought it a very compelling advocacy of the common Rat snake and their benefits.
Eastern and Western Rat snakes are one of my favorite snakes just because they are so fascinating. For one thing they don’t need the sun to metabolize their foods. this means that they don’t have to be out in the sun to digest their meals. they hang out in crawl spaces and even attics for months at a time where other snakes would need to come and go.
So its no wonder that I am called on most of my reptile calls to remove them.
Although typically a very dark almost black top with pasterns blended in the scales and usually have a light underbelly, in youth their patterns are more present and are most often confused with Copperhead.
Very territorial, they will kill , even consume any snake that would happen into there areas. As fierce hunters they can set up ambush in almost any place. they have great eye to boot. this is way it is very beneficial to allow their presence if at all possible.. “better a black snake than a poisonous snake farmers used to say” , it is actually true.
Although I love these amazing creatures, they have no place in our homes.This is why The wildlife Professionals are here! we are great at removing and even excluding them form your house to avoid future occurrences. We have treatments as well that we can use to ensure a safe yards and play areas as well.
Copperhead Snakes or Agkistrodon Contortrix
Theses snakes can vary in color from grey to Brown Cross bands to light brown variations.
When Copperhead snakes are born (alive, and not from eggs) they look like adults except for the yellowish or greenish tail coloration.
Copperhead Habitat: Most copperhead snakes prefer open Rocky Woodland , Rock Edges, and open grassland near woodland outcrops. Copperheads blend in tremendously with most leaf litter.
In the Summer(Hot) Months Copperheads become nocturnal.
In Spring and Fall they are often found on Wooded Hilltop Rock Outcrops with a southern exposure.
Mother Copperhead snakes typically give birth from August to October depending the area or state they live in, and they give live birth and not from eggs.
Food consists of insects, frogs, toads, lizards,small birds, other snake and they love rodents.
Prairie Rattlesnake: Crotalus Viridus
a Pitt Viper Snake, Has one of the largest rattles of most if rattlesnakes. Dark Gray or Brown Blotches, Head body and tail are greenish gray to brown. Tails bands are similar color to body blotches, belly grayish white. youth looks similar to adults.
Habitat: Rocky Canyon or open prairies with abundant small wildlife that burrow to feed upon. They are burrow explorer experts.
in Spring and fall they prefer south facing hillsides with large rock outcrops.
Summer months they become nocturnal exploring the grasslands and prairies for food such as lizards, mice, rats, chipmunks, gophers, prairie dogs and other smaller snakes.
Diamond Back Rattlesnake:
Water Moccasin Snake:
Massasaugas Rattlesnake :
and surrounding areas.