- Snake repellents are NOT effective.
Lime, sulfur, mothballs are all ineffective and are a waste of
money. Mothballs are toxic when eaten by children and pets.
- Any wild area is a good habitat for
all wildlife, including snakes.
- Altering habitat is the only way to
reduce snakes. Keep grass under 3 inches. Keep shrub and flower beds
with less than 4 inches of mulch. Remove debris piles. Be careful
around wood piles.
- Areas with new development near by
may experience an increase in snakes as wildlife (including snakes)
leave the construction areas.
- When entering dark areas such as
tool sheds or crawl spaces, use a light source and examine the area
before you step or grab for something. Snakes will hide in sheds,
garages, and crawl spaces.
- In the case of children, it may be
advisable to construct a
WHEN SNAKES ENTER THE
- Determine how they entered and fence
or seal those areas.
- Leave several damp towels in the
area were they were last seen.
- Pick the towels up with a shovel or
another long object and place towels outside to see if you caught
the snake. Don't pick up towels up with bare hands.
Snakes are an important part of our
ecosystem here in Charlotte. We remove snakes without
killing them. We can also advise you on how to discourage snakes in your
home or business. Call us for a consultation appointment or fill
out the form to the right.
Mecklenburg county has only one
species of venomous snake, the Copperhead. In our experience, many
people who claim to be knowledgeable about snakes mistakenly identify
any snake that is brown as a copperhead. There are at least 7 "brown"
species of snake in the Charlotte area that we have seen identified as
"Copperheads", "Black Copperheads", "Baby Copperheads", or "Rattlers".
Copperheads are very easy to identify once you learn what to look for.
existing or developing points of access or entry leading into
structures. Since the abilities of different species of snakes vary
greatly (some are great climbers others - from the back of the remedial
climbing class, are less so) and since it is often the species of snake
which determines the openings most likely to be used, you can imagine
how many openings are overlooked by laypersons and by the various
problem generalist who momentarily insert themselves into our field. We
will identify openings usable by snakes (90% of which can be filled by
the average homeowner without having to hire a contractor). Keeping
doors closed is not a bad idea either.If
you have a dead snake, but no shed skin and have access to a photocopy
machine, place the snake on the glass plate (belly side down).
copy to our home office using the same procedure outlined above for the
shipment of shed snake skin. The cost is the same as a shed snake skin
evaluation. If you can make a copy of a dorsal view (back of the snake)
then that would be very helpful too.
Please ship only
intact shed skins or clean copies of snakes. Upon the receipt of your
package, we will perform our evaluation to determine if the shed snake
skin is from a venomous North American snake. If the skin is from a
venomous North American snake, then you will be called alerting you as
to the specific nature of our findings. You will also receive a written
statement of our findings as well. All non-venomous North American
snake results will be mailed out to you. Note: Do NOT ship snake
bodies, carcasses or live snakes in the mail! Strolling into a copy
store with a snake, is behavior we strongly discourage, as it may not be
in your best interest.