Are Snakes Dangerous?
It is true that some species of snakes are venomous, but they are actually very rare in the United States. And remember, none of them will EVER chase
you down and bite you. Almost 100% of snake bites occur when people try to mess with snakes. Just leave 'em alone! Walk away, and they are never
Should I Kill Snakes?
NO! Most cases of snakebite occur when people attempt to kill snakes. Just walk away. You try to kill it, with shovel or gun or whatever, you've
just increased your chances of getting bitten a great deal. I knew of a fireman who lived near me who shot a rattlesnake, then later went to pick up
the dead body, and the snake reflexively bit him in the hand after it was dead. The fireman died.
How Do I Remove Snakes?
If you must remove snakes, safest bets are to hire a pro or to use a trap that safely holds the snake. If you want to remove it yourself, you'd
better be able to identify it first, and then safely remove it with a snake tool, by sweeping it into a box, by using thick gloves, etc.
How Can I Identify a Snake?
The internet is a great resource. Just type in a description of what the snake looks like, and where you live, and you'll probably see a picture
of it in search images. That said, I have photos of most of the common snakes in North America here on my website, including the venomous ones.
You can also ready my How to Identify a Snake page.
Do Snake Repellents Work?
Absolutely not! If they did, fine, that'd be great. But hell no, there's no spray, powder, mothballs, ammonia, predator urine, high-pitch
sound machine, or any device or substance that will alter snake behavior at all. If you want to completely keep snakes at bay, your best
bet is a super fence around the entire property, or to pave all the land. Otherwise, if you've got acceptable habitat, you may have a
snake come by every now and then.
Can I Use a Snake Trap?
Actually, yes. There are a few manufacturers out there, and all snake traps utilize a glue pad that the snake gets stuck on. You can then
bring the snake in trap to a new location, spray cooking oil on the snake and glue pad, and it'll work itself free. It's fun!
If I Hire Someone, Who Should I Hire?
Basically, whoever can get to your property quickly, sounds decent, and charges a price you can afford. If no one can come to your house
in a speedy manner, many professionals will set snake traps on the property. I actually do recommend the list of wildlife removal
experts listed on the website wildlife-removal.com, but you can certainly do your own research.
Do You Know Anyone In My Town?
There's a good chance. I have personally trained a bunch of snake removal experts, such as in these major US cities:
AL - Birmingham -
AL - Huntsville -
AL - Mobile -
AZ - Phoenix -
CA - Los Angeles -
CA - San Diego -
CA - San Francisco -
FL - Bradenton -
FL - Cape Coral -
FL - Fort Lauderdale -
FL - Jacksonville -
FL - Miami -
FL - Naples -
FL - Orlando -
FL - Sarasota -
FL - Tallahassee -
FL - Tampa -
GA - Atlanta -
IL - Chicago -
NC - Charlotte -
NC - Raleigh Durham -
OH - Cleveland -
PA - Philadelphia -
SC - Charleston -
TN - Memphis -
TX - Austin -
TX - Dallas -
TX - Fort Worth -
TX - Houston -
TX - San Antonio -
The old FAQ
I don't feel like writing any more FAQ right now, but I do like the old FAQ that was on this site before I purchased the domain name. Funny guy, the guy who wrote it.
How many species of
snakes are there?
Over 2700 worldwide.
How many cases of
snakebites are there in the USA every year?
How many cases of
envenomation by venomous snakes are there in the US every year?
Between 6,000 and 7,000
How much does it cost on
average to treat an envenomed snakebite in the US?
$15,000 to $20,000 unless there are
complications (which occur in nearly half of all bites).
Are snake repellants
There are substances purported as being
snake repellants sold to countless uninformed consumers every year.
Do any of these
If they did, we would incorporate them into our service – right
after we tripled our rates.
Are you saying that
selling or treating with these products is fraud?
That's a little harsh. We would say so only if the seller
actually knows anything about snakes.
Why does Snake Removal
only work with Snake Problems?
the same reason that a reputable surgeon limits themselves to
surgery. Most people would presumably be somewhat hesitant
entrusting the medical well-being of a family member to someone who
billed themselves as being a roofer, accountant, rodeo clown and
surgeon. It is the very same reason that reputable members of
fields unrelated to snakes (such as pest control, carpentry and
trapping) limit their activities to their own fields.
IF YOUR PROBLEM INVOLVES A NON-EMERGENCY SNAKE SITUATION YOU HAVE CALLED THE