San Antonio has an abundance of snakes, from rattlesnakes, coral snakes and copperheads to harmless snakes like rat snakes or garters. When most people come in contact with a snake, they have a natural reaction to be afraid because some snakes are venomous. In most cases, snakes will not damage your home or outside property, but they can still be unnerving. Many snakes either live or make their way into residential neighborhoods because their diet consists of insects, birds, rodents and other pests that can be found in greater concentration in those areas. Often the presence of a snake in and around your home can be an indication of an underlying rodent or insect infestation.
Snakes are important to the environment because they keep rodent and insect populations in check. However, that doesn’t mean you need to live with one in your backyard! If you find a snake on your property, please don’t kill it – contact us and we’ll safely and humanely remove that snake from your property.
Snakes come in all shapes and sizes. In Texas, coral snakes and all types of pit vipers, including copperheads, cottonmouth and several species of rattlesnakes are poisonous. Pit vipers are very fat with big heads and slits for pupils. Rattlesnakes are easy to identify because they have rattles on the end of their tail. Snakes that are smaller and skinny are typically non-venomous and harmless.
Coral snakes can be trickier to identify because they look very similar to the scarlet king snake, which is non-venomous. There is an old rhyme that can be used to tell the difference: “red touch yellow, kills a fellow – red touch black, friend of Jack”. With coral snakes, the red bands and yellow bands always touch. The coral snake has a black nose too, so keep these identifiers in mind when you see a snake nearby.
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Snakes are drawn to places they fee are safe to hide, live in and hunt. There are certain things you can do to make your property uninviting to them, such as:
By keeping your property cleaned and well maintained, you are less likely to come into contact with snakes or any other unwanted creatures.
If a venomous snake ever bites you, call 911 immediately!