Poisonous Snake Control and Removal
Identifying Non-poisonous Snakes
All poisonous snakes, with the exception of sea snakes and coral snakes, are considered to be a part of a group identified as pit vipers. If your property seems to be infested with snakes, it's likely that most aren't poisonous, but it's important to be aware of the ways to distinguish between them before taking on the prospect of their removal.
All pit vipers, or poisonous snakes, have infrared-sensitive receptors in deep grooves or pits on each side of their head situated halfway between the eye and the nostril which allow them to "see" the radiated heat these pits are not present on non-poisonous snakes.
The pupils of non-poisonous snakes are perfectly round as opposed to those of pit vipers. Pit viper pupils are vertically elliptical, or egg-shaped. In some light, the pupil of a poisonous snake can appear to be a near vertical line.
On pit vipers, the underside of the tail will have scales that go all the way across in a single row, however, on the very tip of the tail, in some cases there may be two rows. In contrast, nonpoisonous snakes, on the underside of the tails have scales that are primarily in two rows all the way from the vent of the snake to the tip of the tail. In both incidences, skin that is shed shows the same characteristics.
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.
The greatest economic loss to humans from poisonous snakes results largely from domestic livestock and pets that are killed. Horses and cattle are most frequently struck in the head as they are grazing. Some have claimed that rattlesnakes and other poisonous (and non-poisonous snakes for that matter) benefit ranchers and farmers because they prey on rodents but many discount the theory. Most believe that it's very debatable that snakes have any real effect on rodent populations.
When poisonous snakes are identified and become a pest control problem on your property, it is important that you contact professionals in your area with a well established set of methods for poisonous snake removal are contacted in order to insure that they won't come back.
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