“There’s a snake in our yard!”
There are 32 species of snakes native to Tennessee, so eventually you might see one of these in your yard. Snakes travel from location to location in search of their food sources, such as rats, mice, lizards, frogs, etc. If you have a rodent problem, sooner or later you will have a snake problem, or a raccoon problem, and even an opossum problem.
However, if your yard is neat with trees trimmed and bushes cut back with no signs of vermin, the snake you see is very likely searching for a food source. However, if he finds nothing in your yard, he will simply cross your property and keep looking. After all, this is how snakes look for food.
There are certain ways to tell if a snake is venomous or non-venomous.
A venomous snake will have a triangular head, a more pointed snout, and slit pupils like the eyes of a cat.
A non-venomous snake will have a rounded heat, a blunt snout, and round pupils.
Keep in mind that a snake, dangerous or not, is not out to harm you. Even venomous snakes pose no danger if you leave them alone and keep an eye on your pets.
October and November is baby copperhead season. Baby copperheads are small, blend very well into fallen foliage and they like to hang out in damp places like firewood, piles of leaves, and even flowerpots. When venomous snakes are first born, they cannot control the amount of venom they inject in a bite. A bite from a baby copperhead can be much more deadly than the bite of an adult copperhead.
Baby copperheads are easily recognizable by the bright yellow or green tips on their tails. The babies are seven to eight inches long, and can be mistaken for other species of non-venomous snakes until you look closely at the tail.
Snakes do not hunt humans. That’s just something put into movies to sell tickets. Snakes would much rather avoid humans because in their point of view, we are so much larger that we must be predators!
Snakes wander into homes in search of prey and nesting sites or simply find themselves inside purely by accident. Because snakes cannot chew or dig, they must gain entrance through small holes and cracks. Depending on their size, snakes may even be able to slither under gaps in doors.
If you have found a snake skin in your home, do not be alarmed. Snakes are extremely vulnerable to predators while shedding, will look for a quiet place where they feel safe. After shedding his skin, a snake will usually move on unless you have a nice supply of tasty rats to keep him around!
Also called water moccasins, these are short, thick-bodied snakes with bands of brown and darker brown, and are usually found near a water source. The most well known method of recognizing a cottonmouth is by the cotton-white interior of its mouth. But not too many people would get that close!
The Copperhead has dark brown “Hershey Kiss” markings over a lighter brown background. These also look like hourglass or dumbells depending on the angle. The Copperhead is named for it’s reddish head. This is the most likely of these snakes to bite, although their venom is the most mild.
If you’ve ever seen a Western, then you are familiar with the frightening sound of an upset rattlesnake. The rattle is composed of a series of interlocking scales, which the snake adds to each time it molts. These snakes can only strike from a coiled position, but just one direct hit is all it takes to make a believer out of you.
THE CORAL SNAKE
Fortunately, we don’t see many coral snakes around the Memphis area. Scarlet King Snakes can be mistaken for coral snakes, but the way to tell for sure is by the nose. If the nose is black, its a deadly Coral Snake. Just remember: “If Red Touches Yellow, You’re A Dead Fellow. If Red Touches Black, You’re Okay, Jack.”
We also perform wildlife trapping in Bartlett TN for rats, mice, squirrels, skunks,
moles, opossums, raccoons, armadillos, and much more.
So if you have some little visitors you need evicted from your home or property,
give Apex Wildlife Control a call today.
We are happy to help!