Identifying Non-poisonous Snakes
Despite their reputation for the contrary, most snakes in the United State are not poisonous. In fact, of all the many species in the country, only a few are actually potentially harmful; rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, coral snakes, and sea snakes.
For the most part, snakes are not highly adaptable creatures and require a specific habitat in order to survive. Smaller species often live underground, while others, like green snakes make their homes in trees. In general, snakes prefer dark, cool and damp places where food is readily available.
Although there isn't an absolute pattern for snake infestations, there are areas that seem to be more attractive than others. Firewood that is stacked directly on the ground, old lumber piles, flower beds and gardens with an excess of mulch, disorderly basements, junk piles and barn lofts. Barn lofts are especially appealing when stored feed attracts rodents, as are attics with rat or mice control problems. Pond and river banks--especially when there are boards, tires and other items in the surrounding area, additionally unmowed lawns and abandoned lots are also alluring to snakes.
Diet and Feeding Tendencies
Every snake is a predator, but diets may widely vary depending on the species. Rat snakes for example, as their name would indicates, primarily eat rodents, baby birds and eggs. Some non-poisonous snakes primarily eat insects, while other smaller species, like earth snakes and worm snakes, eat earthworms, slugs, and salamanders. Water snakes eat primarily frogs, fish, and tadpoles.
Aside from frightening people, non-poisonous snakes are completely harmless and tend not to cause damage. Once a snake or a group of snakes is identified as non-poisonous, most methods for removal are inexpensive and fairly non-invasive.
Regardless of whether or not they are harmful, most people are uncomfortable when snakes take up residence in their living area. When non-poisonous snakes become a pest control problem on your property, professionals in your area can help you to control or remove them and assure that they won't come back.
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