Snakes
Snakes in your home, garden, or rock pile can be scary. Although they are more than likely harmless it is best to contact Critter Control of Central Massachusetts for snake removal to ensure safe removal. We will help resolve your snake control problem, call today!

Description

Most snakes people encounter throughout the state of Massachusetts are harmless, and considered beneficial because they contribute to the ecosystem by feeding on other common pests, including insects, amphibians, and small mammals like rodents.

However, some snakes are venomous, though rare in Massachusetts, and put both humans and household pets in danger simply by being present. Many snakes in Massachusetts may appear to share qualities of venomous snakes, including defense mechanisms, rattling, hissing, and spraying musk, but in most cases these snakes are non-venomous and are just defending themselves.

Appearance

Snake species in Central Massachusetts vary in size and color depending on the species. Typically, the species found in Central Massachusetts average a length of 3 feet (1 m) and may appear uniform in color or display patterns along their bodies. Common snake colors include black, green, brown, red, yellow, and orange.

There are multiple common snake species in Massachusetts including milk snakes, water snakes, hognose snakes, black rat snakes, and the two very rare and venomous copperhead and timber rattlesnake. These species vary in color and size but typically the snake you may encounter is not venomous, and will only be aggressive if defending itself.

Habitat

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures that need consistent sunlight in order to regulate their internal temperatures. As such, areas that experience extreme cold are inhabitable. Favored snake habitats include deserts, rocky terrain, forested regions, prairies, near ponds, around streams, and in close proximity to lakes. Snakes can also be found under rocks, in burrows, even in basements, garages, sheds, and any other available shelter during winter and colder months. 

Snake Problems

Entry

When shelter and sources of food are scarce, snakes enter homes and yards much more frequently. They can invade houses through cracks in building foundations, tears in window and door screens, and even through holes that serve electrical conduits and plumbing. Tall grasses in unkempt lawns provide snakes with ideal hiding and hunting grounds, while stacks of firewood, brush, and junk piles offer the reptiles suitable shelter.

Damage

Any snake you are most likely to encounter in Central Massachusetts is relatively harmless and will most likely attempt to flee from human interaction. However, when cornered, or attempted to be handled or picked up, snakes hiss, coil, become aggressive, and either strike or bluff at their offender. Though this can be frightening to experience, especially for young children and curious pets, no harm is typically caused.

Nonvenomous snake bites are painful, but leave no lasting or long term effects. Approaching a snake in many circumstances, or trying to trap or capture a snake, especially if it has found its way into your home, is a dangerous situation. 

Snake Control

Control and Safety

Various methods of exclusion help reduce the possibility of encountering snakes in residential zones. Seal any holes, cracks, or openings on the exterior of buildings and foundations that are large enough for snakes to get into.

Cut grass regularly and do not allow grass to become exceedingly long and untrimmed. Trim weeds and keep wood piles far enough away from homes to eliminate hiding places. Property owners should also keep in mind, that eliminating other animals, that may be prey of snakes, from your property as well will deter snakes from entering property.

Trapping and Removal

Even though the snake you are likely to encounter in Central Massachusetts is not venomous, all snakes have the capacity to harm both humans and domestic animals. They will strike when cornered, which makes attempts to trap them dangerous. Snakes will also spray foul smelling odors, and unleash other defense mechanisms causing more problems and danger to those who attempt to trap them. 

Critter Control of Central Massachusetts’ wildlife specialists can safely and humanely remove problematic snakes from properties. Our professionals are trained, equipped, and ready to keep members of the public safe by eliminating pestilential snakes.

We can help you get rid of snake problems.  Call Critter Control of Central Mass today at (508) 919-6320.

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Worcester, Shrewsbury, Marlborough, Concord, Groton, Leominster, Framingham, Southborough, Sudbury, Westborough, Acton

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