- Poisonous snakes usually have a
diamond-shaped head, but it is hard for the amateur to distinguish
or use this feature.
Copperheads are the ONLY recorded poisonous snake in
Mecklenburg. They are a two-toned copper color and vary in length
from 6 inches to 3 feet. Copperhead young are born live, NOT from
eggs. They occur in wet and dry areas. Don't confuse the copperhead
with the non-poisonous
snake which looks similar. The corn snake is orange banded,
rather than copper banded, and the corn snake does not have a
diamond shaped head.
- Snake bites in our area are usually
not fatal. Seek medical attention immediately, including pets.
- Many non-poisonous water snakes also
have a diamond-shaped head. In water areas, there will always be
snakes. It is best to leave them alone.
- Again, the # 1 cause of poisonous
snake bites are from people who pick up the recently severed head !
Photo-gallery of snakes
Was That Snake Dangerous?
For some help identifying the four basic types of venomous snake found
in North America, read this article:
of Snake: Knowing for sure which ones are dangerous. Keep in mind
that most snakes are harmless to humans. Some kinds of snakes are docile
and rarely bite even if picked up, but some will hiss, strike, puff up,
spray foul smelling musk or even play dead in order to defend themselves
against big, scary predators - like humans, for instance. Four kinds of
snakes in the United States are dangerous to humans - rattlesnakes,
cottonmouths, copperheads and coral snakes. Here are some
photos of these
species of venomous snakes -
pygmy rattlesnakes and
Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes.
canebrake (timber) rattlers only occur at the extreme North end of
I Caught It!
If you have a snake trapped or cornered where it cannot get away, now is
the time to call Snake Getters and ask for a volunteer to come and pick
the animal up. Click here for a
volunteers' phone numbers to call for emergency snake pickups. We
will treat the snakes in a humane manner, placing them in good homes
either with qualified individuals or with zoos and other educational or
research facilities. If your snake is successfully placed in one of the
local attractions we cooperate with, you may be offered free tickets as
I Keep Seeing Snakes!
If you have a recurring snake problem, maybe we can help by hooking you
up to some avid snake collectors from your local herpetological society.
You give permission for them to collect on your land, and they remove
the snakes so that you don't have to see them again. Click here to
request a visit from
Orlando Squirrel Removal
mind that most of the snakes you will see are not harmful and can simply
be left alone unless you are very afraid of snakes and want them
removed. However, if you remove that king snake or black racer or indigo
snake from your backyard, you actually increase your chances of a
venomous snake moving in. Those snakes (and some others) eat venomous
snakes, and you are lucky indeed to have one of these scaly guardians
living on your property.
Some Snakes Are Dangerous
It is a very bad idea to approach or attack a venomous snake. From 60%
to 80% of all venomous snakebites happen because someone tried to kill
or catch a venomous snake. Zero percent of bites happen when the person
moves away from the snake and leaves it alone. The smartest thing to do
is to move away from a venomous snake, or from any snake you cannot
identify. It is illegal to kill some types of snakes, as well as
dangerous. You should simply move away and
phone a qualified
snake handler to remove the animal.
But I Need To Move This Snake NOW!
If you feel you absolutely must remove or contain the snake right now,
click here to learn some
removal techniques. Remember, we do not recommend that you approach
or handle venomous or unknown snakes by yourself without the help of an