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.

Snake Description

Snakes are reptiles found in just about every part of the world living in deserts, forested regions, marshes, grasslands, and even bodies of water. Snakes found in the Santa Fe region are for the most part, harmless to humans. Of the 46 species found in New Mexico, only 8 are poisonous and potentially dangerous. These include 7 rattlesnake species and a coral snake.

Appearance

In and around Santa Fe, rattlesnakes are the most common venomous snakes. They can be identified by the rattle on their tails, their triangular or “spade-shaped” heads, and their sensory area known as a pit on each side of their face just below the nostrils. The seven species of rattlesnake in New Mexico vary by size and color. The color of a rattlesnake’s scales often matches the environment – brown, gray, green, red, pink or yellow. The western coral snake is only found in southwest portions of New Mexico.

Habitat

Snakes often live in dark, cool places where food is abundant. Likely places to find snakes around homes include:

  • Firewood or hay stacks directly on the ground
  • Old lumber or junk piles
  • Gardens and flower beds with heavy mulch
  • Untrimmed shrubs and shrubs growing next to a foundation
  • Unmowed and unkempt lawns, abandoned lots and fields with tall vegetation
  • Pond and stream banks where there is abundant debris or trash
  • Cluttered basements and attics with rodent, bird or bat problems
  • Feed storage areas in barns where rodents may be abundant

Snake 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

Most snakes are relatively harmless and actually flee from human interaction. When cornered, snakes 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 tend to be painful, but leave no lasting effects. When venomous snakes are spotted, approaching the reptiles is much more dangerous. Their bites can prove deadly if not treated immediately and properly.

Snake Control

Control and Safety

Various methods of exclusion help reduce the possibility of encountering snakes in residential zones. Seal any 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 us today at (505) 545-8891.

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