Snakes
Snakes in your home, garden or rock piles? Those slithering serpents are probably harmless. Critter Control can help you deal with snakes in a humane and rational way. If you see a snake and are concerned, call Critter Control at 800 CRITTER and our trained technicians can oftentimes catch the snake if it is still there.

Description

Snakes are reptiles found in just about every part of Texas including Houston, and its surrounding areas. Most snakes people encounter are harmless or considered beneficial because they feed on other common pests, including insects, amphibians, rodents, and even other snakes in some cases. However, some snakes are venomous and put both humans and household pets in danger simply by being present.

Appearance

There are five families of snake present in the United States and Texas is home to four of the five. Snake vary in size and color depending on the species. Snakes typically are differentiated by size, color/pattern, and venomous or nonvenomous. In Texas, snakes typically: 

  • Grow an average length of 3 feet (1 m)
  • Appear uniform in color or display patterns along their bodies 
  • Display colors ranging from black, green, brown, red, yellow, and orange
  • (Venomous snakes) Rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, and copperheads, have spade-shaped heads and elliptical pupils
  • (Nonvenomous snakes) Have rounded pupils and narrower heads 
  • Are covered in scales that are leathery to the touch

Due to the wide variety and number of different species, classification is sometimes difficult, and approaching or handling snakes is never recommended. 

Habitat

Snakes are cold-blooded creatures that need consistent sunlight in order to regulate their internal temperatures. As such, areas that experience extreme cold are inhabitable. Favored snake habitats include deserts, rocky terrain, forested regions, prairies, near ponds, around streams, and in close proximity to lakes. This makes the state of Texas, and Houston more than suitable homes for snakes to inhabit.

Snake Control Problems

Entry

When shelter and sources of food are scarce in their natural habitat, snakes enter homes and yards much more frequently. They can invade houses through cracks in building foundations, tears in window and door screens, and even through holes that serve electrical conduits and plumbing. Tall grasses in unkempt lawns provide snakes with ideal hiding and hunting grounds while stacks of firewood, brush, and junk piles offer the reptiles suitable shelter.

Damage

Many snakes are relatively harmless and will actually flee from human interaction. When cornered, snakes will try to warn their predator with attempt to hiss, coil, and either strike or bluff at offending parties. Though this can be frightening to experience, especially for young children and curious pets, no harm is typically caused. Nonvenomous snake bites are painful, but leave no lasting effects. In Houston, venomous snakes are also common, and approaching the reptiles is much more dangerous. In many cases a snake strikes upon being stepped on by accident or startled, but if you do not heed a snake's warning, you will without a doubt be sorry as a result. Venomous snake bites can result in death if not treated by medical professionals immediately.

Control and Safety

Various methods of exclusion help reduce the possibility of encountering snakes in residential zones. Seal all holes on the exterior of buildings large enough for snakes to get through. Cut back tall grasses and weeds and keep wood piles far enough away from homes to eliminate hiding places. In addition, property owners can make modifications to eliminate prey species that attract snakes to the area.

Trapping and Removal

Even though certain species of snakes are not venomous, all snakes have the capacity to harm both humans and domestic animals. They strike when cornered, which makes attempts to trap them dangerous. Critter Control wildlife specialists can safely and humanely remove problematic snakes from properties. Our professionals are trained, equipped, and ready to keep members of the public safe by eliminating pestilential snakes.

We can help you get rid of snake problems! Call Critter Control of Houston today! 713.391.8066

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