Rattlesnake Control is a very common request we get every year! In the United States there are are about 30 different types of rattlesnakes, a Rattlesnake is one of the most commonly identified snake that most everyone in the United States has either seen or heard of. Rattlesnakes get their name from the string of rattles located on the end of their tail, rattlesnakes use this string of rattles as a warning device. The snake will rattle its tail in a shaking motion in order to let people and predators know it is there, and it's intent to possibly strike. The removal and control of rattlesnakes can be a very daunting problem. rattlesnakes are often found in garages, sheds, under porches, and under homes. The snakes are in these areas for a specific reason and that reason usually involves food. Rattlesnakes commonly consumed small animals such as moles and voles they also consumed rodents such as rats and mice and have been known to eat small birds and other snakes. The key to getting rid of rattlesnakes or potentially solving a Rattlesnake control issue, is to totally eliminate the possible food sources that the Rattlesnake is consuming. This usually involves having your home or structure inspected, and a quality pest control program put in place to solve the food source issue. Most qualified Rattlesnake removal experts can and will recommend a quality pest control program or a quality pest control program provider in your area.
as mentioned above there are over 30 different types of rattlesnakes in the United States, some of the more common types of rattlesnakes that animal control agents are called to deal with on a regular basis are as follows: Pygmy rattlesnake, Eastern diamondback rattlesnake, Western diamondback rattlesnakes, the Sidewinder rattlesnake, the Timber rattlesnake, the Canebrake rattlesnake, the Prairie Rattlesnake, the Pacific Rattlesnake, the black tailed rattlesnake and the Mojave rattlesnake.
All of these rattlesnakes have the same reproductive habits and are born and raised in approximately the same way. The largest Rattlesnake ever recorded was caught in the Ocala national Forest in central Florida and had a length of over 11 feet long and weighed over 98 pounds. This was a exceptions as most rattlesnakes seldom reach a length of over 4 feet long.
Most rattlesnakes will breed when they emerge from their winter den, they have a gestation period of approximately 3 months and give birth to live young. The live baby rattlesnakes have the ability and will bite as soon as they are born. As all baby rattlesnakes are born with fully functional fangs that can inject a deadly amount of venom as soon as they are born. More information on what to do if you are bitten by a snake on our Venomous snake bite page.
Most types of rattlesnakes have the same type of venom, this type of venom is known as a hemotoxic venom. This is a tissue destroying type of venom and works in a very quick and efficient manner. If bitten by a rattlesnake a person should seek medical attention immediately as any delay could multiply the effects the Rattlesnake venom have on your body dramatically. Delayed treatment of a rattlesnake bite could lead to loss of limbs or even death. Out of the 8500 people bitten by rattlesnakes every year in the United States only about five actually die. This is due to a great deal of progress been made in the medical field dealing with rattlesnake bites and the effects of the venom in your body.
Rattlesnake removal and control can be a very dangerous task, someone without the proper equipment or knowledge should never attempt to catch or control a rattlesnake. Professional rattlesnakes wranglers or professional snake control experts can be found on our website in are locate a Pro section listed above.
Some Emails we have received about rattlesnakes in the US:
My name is Ronnie and I live in Virginia. I live in an older house and was out of town this week and my friend who was checking my mail for me while I was gone found a snake inside my house. He was able to get the snake out the door, and believes that it was a rattle snake, although I can't confirm that.
Needless to say, I am terrified of going back home. I have a huge fear of snakes, and cannot imagine the thought of spending another night in that house until it has been thoroughly inspected to make sure that there are no others in the house, and hopefully to figure out possible points of entry. I then want to make sure a professional can help me with taking EVERY step possible to ensure that the house is snake proof and that this will not happen again.
I'm hoping you or someone on your staff may be able to help me with this problem. Obviously I'd like to take care of this problem ASAP. I am currently in SC and will not be returning to the lake until I have someone there to help me.
I can be reached via email (preferred) or on my cell phone which is ########. If you can help please contact me as soon as possible. If not, and you know someone who may and could send me their information I would GREATLY appreciate it. I really want to make sure this is done professionally and by someone who can help make sure the house is completely safe, no matter what it takes
I bought an older mobile home. Work is being done underneath because of a water issue. The insulation is falling from underneath and a baby Timber Rattlesnake dropped out of the insulation on to the ground. I have notified management but have not heard what they planned to do. I have pictures of where the nest probably is. Please contact me as I feel strongly there are more. It is such a mess under the home. Thank you.