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.
Eastern and Western Rat snakes are one of my favorite snakes just because they are so fascinating. But when you find a snake in the house it can be difficult. 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, in the garage 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. Snake skins are found in the attic. some ask where do the snake skins in the attic come from?
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, Common black snake or rat snakes will kill , even consume any snake that would happen into there areas. As fierce hunters rat snakes can set up ambush in almost any place. rat snakes have great eye to boot. this is way that it is very beneficial to allow the black snake 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, Black snakes or Rat snakes have no place in our homes. This is why The wildlife Professionals snake removal services are here! we are great at removing snakes and even excluding them from your house to avoid future snake occurrences. We have snake treatments and snake repellents 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.
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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.
- If you are bitten by a snake: Was the snake venomous? If you know you have been bitten by a harmless snake, it will save you much stress and eliminate the need for treatment. Many people are bitten by harmless snakes each year and experience nothing but small scratches that readily heal. If you are certain a venomous snake was involved, get to the nearest hospital or medical facility as quickly as possible. If possible, notify them ahead of time via telephone of your situation. This gives the physician time to prepare and call the nearest poison information center for advice.
The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center in Tucson (800-222-1222) maintains a list of which types of antivenins (sometimes called antivenoms) are available and can advise a physician where to call in the event of a bite from a venomous snake.
Regional Poison Information Centers are also important sources of information.
Mid-America Poison Control Center
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd., Room B-400
Kansas City, KS 66160-7231
Emergency Phone: (800) 332-6633 (KS only);
TDD/TTY: (913) 588-6639 (TDD)