Snakes in the US
In The United States the mere mention of the word 'snake' evokes an emotional response. It may be wonder, exhilaration, shock or even fear. Many of these responses occur because snakes appear and behave unlike any other animal we know. Others are deeply rooted in tales and myths that give snakes extraordinary powers and abilities. Regardless of their source, misconceptions about snakes have made them among the most persecuted of all animals. In the United States a common reaction to a snake is to kill it whether or not it poses a danger. However, the fact is that most snakes in the United States are harmless and even the dangerous ones would rather flee than fight. Once we begin to learn about snakes, we can replace our misconceptions with facts and our fears with curiosity, and we can begin to appreciate their important roles in our environment.
Snakes are reptiles and belong to the same group of animals as lizards, turtles and crocodiles. Reptiles have dry scales that shed periodically. Unlike mammals and birds, reptiles cannot generate body heat and depend on outside sources to raise their body temperature. This trait makes them wait out long periods of extensive cold and hot conditions, a habit that contributes to their secretive nature.
Snakes differ from other reptiles by having no legs, ears, or eyelids, and by possessing only one functional lung. The most notable characteristic of a snake is its extremely long, slender body. A snake's body allows it to effortlessly climb, swim, and slip into the smallest spaces. Although snakes lack ears and cannot technically hear, they do have the ability to detect low frequency vibrations from the air and ground. Instead of eyelids, snakes have a clear scale covering for each eye. The shedding of this scale causes the eye to cloud over for a few days, which led to the myth that snakes go blind during certain times of the year.
Some Common Questions we get regarding snakes in the USA:
Q: Can I die from a snake Bite?
(A) Of course you can, you can die from a bee sting too. Everyone’s body reacts different to snake bites, so medical attention should be sought immediately
Q: How do I get Rid of Snakes in my house?
(A) The key to getting rid of snakes from your home is sealing up all the entry points and eliminating the major food sources including but not limited to mice, spiders, crickets and other insects that inhabit your home, this should be done by a professional as you never want to seal a snake up inside your home.
Q: What are some of the common venomous snakes in the United States?
(A) If you live in North America, there are three main types of venomous snake. The Agkistrodon, which is the Cottonmouth and the Copperhead. The Crotalus which are all the Rattlesnakes, and the Micrurus which is the Coral snake.
Some interesting Snake Facts about Snakes in the World:
- There are over 2700 different Breeds of Snakes in the world
- Less than one-third of the 2,700 species of snakes are classified as poisonous, and fewer than 300 species of snakes may be fatal to humans. In fact, more than twice as many people in the United States are killed annually by bees, wasps, and scorpions than by snakes.
- Snakes are one of the most persecuted animals in the world.
- In the United States There are over 25 different species of Rattlesnakes.
- Snakes are one of the only animals in the United States that helps control the US rodent population.
Snake Removal and Control
Snake removal and Snake Control can be one of the hardest Jobs a wildlife removal professional has to handle, One reason why this is such a hard task is in a home, there are many places for snakes to hide, with a snake being small and slender, they can fit into the smallest of cracks and crevices. One of the key things to remember if you have a snake in your home, Do not loose sight of it, Keep your distance and call a professional located here.
A word of caution: You should never try to catch a snake without the correct tools, with the large serge of imported snakes into the United States its really difficult to tell exactly what kind of snake you are dealing with, what looks to be a Black Rat Snake could turn out to be a Black Mamba. one is almost harmless, the other one will cause death within minutes. We should always exercise great caution when dealing with snakes. This should be left to the Professional Wildlife Removal agent located here.