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Our Snake Removal Services

Snake removal is one of our specialties. At Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, we are committed to providing safe, effective, and humane solutions for snake removal. We understand that snakes can cause fear and unease in residential and commercial spaces, which is why our team of trained and experienced wildlife technicians utilizes the latest snake control methods to ensure a snake-free environment. Our services include comprehensive property inspections, identification of snake species, implementation of removal and exclusion strategies, and post-removal cleanup. We also provide you with preventive advice and solutions to keep snakes from returning. Whether you’re dealing with a single, unwelcome visitor or a recurring snake issue, you can trust us to handle the situation promptly and professionally. Remember, for your safety, never attempt to handle or remove a snake on your own. Contact us instead, and let the professionals take care of your snake problem.

Snakes scare most people.  That’s why most calls we get are to remove a snake from a house. They require the skills of our local snake experts who understand the behavior of snakes found in Virginia and know how to properly identify the venomous from nonvenomous species found in the Henrico, Richmond and Charlottesville areas.

Snake removal from a house can be a real emergency for a homeowner who doesn’t know if they’re dealing with a poisonous copperhead  or a non-poisonous black snake. Most of the snakes in our area are harmless and provide a valuable service around your home in the way of rodent control. In fact, the presence of snakes in your yard, house and particularly the crawl space may indicate a rodent problem requiring professional mouse control services.

There are only three species of venomous snakes in Virginia. The copperhead (found statewide) is the most common and least venomous. It is usually not found inside homes, but is common in yards, gardens and woodpiles. Timber rattlesnakes are common only in the mountainous regions of western Virginia and a small area of extreme southeastern Virginia where they are known as canebrake rattlesnakes. Water moccasins, also known as cottonmouths, are found to the south and east of Petersburg and are common only in wet areas.


Snakes in the Attic

Welcome to Snakes in the Attic, the ultimate resource for all your snake and attic-related needs. Whether you’re dealing with an unexpected slithering visitor or need expert advice on how to prevent snakes from entering your attic, you’ve come to the right place. Our mission is to provide comprehensive and reliable solutions to keep your home safe and snake-free.


Snake Removal Services

Our team of skilled and licensed professionals are well-versed in the safe and humane removal of snakes from your attic or other parts of your home. We employ proven, non-lethal methods to extract snakes and relocate them to their natural habitat, ensuring their safety and the well-being of your family.

Our services include:

  • Emergency Response: When you have a snake problem, time is of the essence. Our team is available to provide prompt and efficient service, ensuring your safety and peace of mind.
  • Thorough Inspection: Our experts will conduct a comprehensive inspection of your property, identifying potential entry points, sources of attraction, and any existing snakes.
  • Customized Removal Plans: Each snake infestation is unique, so we develop customized removal and exclusion plans tailored to your specific needs.
  • Exclusion Services: After removing any unwanted snakes, we’ll implement exclusion measures to prevent future intrusions. We’ll seal all entry points, install barriers, and provide guidance on keeping your home snake-proof.

Preventive Measures

Don’t wait until you have a snake problem to take action. Our team offers preventive solutions to help you keep snakes at bay. Our preventive measures include:

  • Property Assessments: We’ll evaluate your property and identify potential risks, providing you with actionable recommendations to minimize snake attraction.
  • Snake-Proofing: We’ll help you snake-proof your home, sealing any gaps, cracks, and holes to prevent entry.
  • Habitat Management: Learn how to make your property less appealing to snakes by managing vegetation, debris, and other factors that attract them.

Expert Advice & Resources

Our website features a wealth of resources to help you understand the behavior and habits of snakes, as well as tips and tricks to keep them out of your home. Browse our collection of articles, blog posts, and FAQs for valuable insights into the world of snakes.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, need assistance, or would like to schedule an inspection, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our knowledgeable and friendly team is always ready to help.

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Don’t let snakes take over your attic. Trust our Snakes in the Attic experts to provide prompt, professional, and reliable service to keep your home safe and snake-free.


Our Service Areas in Virginia

Our snake exterminators provide snake removal, snake control, snake trapping, and snake exclusion of snakes in the following counties, cities and town in Virginia:  Afton, Albemarle County, Alexandria, Amelia County, Annandale, Arlington, Ashburn, Ashland, Barboursville, Bellwood, Belmont, Bensley, Bermuda Hundred, Bon Air, Boyd Tavern, Brandermill, Bumpass, Burke, Central VA, Centreville, Chamberlain, Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Chester, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Crozet, Cuckoo, CVille, Dale City, Doswell, Dumbarton, Earlysville, East Highland Park, Enon, Ettrick, Fairfax, Fair Oaks, Ferncliff, Fluvanna County, Fredericksburg, Genito, Glen Allen, Glenora, Goochland County, Gordonsville, Gum Spring, Hadensville, Hampton, Hampton Park, Hanover County, Harrisonburg, Harrogate, Hening, Henrico County, Highland Springs, Hopewell, Innsbrook, Jefferson Davis, Kents Store, Keswick, Lake Anna, Lake Monticello, Lake Ridge, Lakeside, Laurel, Leesburg, Lewiston, Lignum, Locust Grove, Louisa County, Maidens, Manakin, Manakin-Sabot, Manassas, Manchester, McLean, Montrose, Motoaca, Meadowbrook, Mechanicsville, Midlothian, Mineral, Moseley, Newport News, Norfolk, North Courthouse, Northern Virginia, North Garden, NoVA, Oilville, Orange County, Palmyra, Pantops, Petersburg, Portsmouth, Powhatan County, Reams, Reston, Richmond, Richmond County, Robious, Rockville, Rockwood, RVA, Salisbury, Sandston, Sandy Hook, Scottsville, Shannon Hill, Short Pump, South Rockwood, Spring Run, Staunton, Stoney Point, Suffolk, Tidewater, Troy, Tuckahoe, Va, Varina, Virginia, Virginia Beach, Waynesboro, Williamsburg, Winchester, Winterpock, Woodlake, Wyndham, and the surrounding areas of Virginia.


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Three Poisonous (Venomous) Snakes in Virginia

Also known as the birthplace of the nation, Virginia was the first permanent site for English settlers. Virginia is famous for its food, presidential homes, and the Appalachian Trail. It is also known for being home to many snakes.

Did you know that the eastern garter snake is the state’s official snake? In Virginia, it is a criminal offense to kill this species of snake or any snake. This rule helps to preserve the lives of these valuable reptiles.

When it comes to the terminology used to describe animals including snakes, some may use the terms “poisonous” and “venomous” interchangeably. However, while both refer to using toxins as a weapon to either kill prey or as a defense against threats, there is a difference and that’s in the way these toxins are delivered. If the toxin is produced by the animal as venom and injected into its prey through a bite or wound, then the animal is venomous. If the toxin is from the animal’s surroundings or from something in its diet and it inhaled, eaten, or touched, then the animal is poisonous. Some animals may be both poisonous and venomous, such as Asian tiger snakes, which have rows of glands on their necks that release toxins from the poisonous toads that they consume.

If people commonly call snakes poisonous, it’s likely that they could mean venomous when referring to these reptiles. If a snake that produces venom bites a person and that individual is harmed or dies, the snake is venomous and if a person eats a snake and dies, the snake is poisonous.

Virginia is home to 32 species of snakes but only 3 species out of this lot are venomous. They are copperheads, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths.


Which Snake in Virginia is the Most Venomous?

Among the Copperhead, Timber Rattlesnake, and Water Moccasin (also known as the Cottonmouth), the Timber Rattlesnake is generally considered to have the most potent venom. However, the severity of a venomous snake bite can depend on various factors such as the size and health of the snake, the location and depth of the bite, and the age and health of the person bitten.

Here’s a breakdown:

  1. Timber Rattlesnake: This snake has a more potent venom that contains neurotoxic components, which can affect the nervous system.

  2. Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth): The venom of a Cottonmouth is cytotoxic and can cause tissue damage. It’s generally considered less potent than that of the Timber Rattlesnake but more potent than that of the Copperhead.

  3. Copperhead: While painful, Copperhead bites are generally less severe than those of Timber Rattlesnakes and Water Moccasins. The venom is also cytotoxic but usually less potent.

If bitten by any of these snakes, it’s crucial to seek medical attention immediately. Even a bite from a snake with less potent venom can lead to complications if not treated properly.


Key Points

  • Snakes are considered poisonous if a person eats a snake and dies; snakes are venomous if they can produce venom capable of harming or killing prey or humans.
  • There are 32 snake species present in Virginia, a few of which are venomous.
  • Cottonmouths are found in the southeastern areas of the state and known for their deadly venom containing hemotoxins that stop blood from clotting.
  • Copperheads are present across the state and can bite without a warning if feeling threatened.
  • The timber rattlesnake lives mainly in the mountainous region on the western side of Virginia, though there is a population located in southeastern Virginia, where they are known as canebrake rattlesnakes.


Snake Identification

Of the many kinds of snakes found in Virginia, only the following are harmful: rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths. All poisonous snakes in Virginia belong in a group called pit vipers.

There are three ways to distinguish between pit vipers and nonpoisonous snakes in our area:

(1) All pit vipers have a deep pit on each side of the head, midway between the eye and the nostril. Nonpoisonous snakes do not have these pits.

(2) On the underside of the tail of pit vipers, scales go all the way across in one row (except on the very tip of the tail, which may have two rows in some cases). On the underside of the tail of all nonpoisonous snakes, scales are in two rows all the way from the vent of the snake to the tip of the tail. The shed skin of a snake shows the same characteristics.

(3) The pupil of pit vipers is vertically elliptical (egg-shaped). In very bright light, the pupil may be almost a vertical line, due to extreme contraction to shut out light. The pupil of nonpoisonous snakes in our area is perfectly round.

Did you know that the Eastern Rat Snake, the most common snake in Virginia, will often times flatten its head making it appear triangular shaped so that it resembles a venomous snake? They will also “rattle” their tail in dry leaves so people will think they have come across a rattlesnake. The ratsnake which most people call a black snake doesn’t make snake identification easy for non snake experts. When young, these snakes have a color and pattern that can easily be mistaken as an Eastern Copperhead Snake.


How Can You Tell if a Snake is Poisonous?

Identifying a venomous snake is essential for your safety and the snake’s well-being. Please remember that many snake species are harmless and serve essential roles in our ecosystem. We encourage you to treat all snakes with respect, and if you’re unsure about a snake’s identity or whether it’s venomous, it’s best to leave it alone and keep a safe distance.

Below are some common indicators that may help you identify if a snake is venomous. However, these rules are not absolute, as there are always exceptions.

  1. Head Shape
    • Generally, venomous snakes have a more triangular-shaped head, while non-venomous snakes tend to have more rounded heads. This distinction is not foolproof, as some non-venomous snakes may also have triangular-shaped heads.
    • Some venomous snakes, such as cobras and vipers, have a noticeable ‘hood’ or expanded neck area. However, this is not a feature exclusive to all venomous snakes.
  2. Pupil Shape
    • Typically, venomous snakes have elliptical or vertical slit-shaped pupils, while non-venomous snakes often have round pupils. However, this characteristic may change depending on lighting conditions or the snake’s mood.
  3. Scales
    • Some venomous snakes, particularly pit vipers, have a single row of scales on the underside of the tail, while non-venomous snakes usually have a double row. Again, this isn’t a reliable rule for all snake species.
  4. Fangs
    • Many venomous snakes have long, hollow fangs for injecting venom. However, it’s essential to note that some non-venomous snakes have teeth that can be mistaken for fangs.
  5. Color Patterns
    • In some cases, venomous snakes have distinctive color patterns, like the coral snake’s red, yellow, and black bands. However, non-venomous snakes may have similar patterns, making it challenging to identify venomous species based on color alone.
  6. Behavior
    • Venomous snakes may exhibit specific defensive behaviors, such as rattling their tail, hissing loudly, or striking a defensive posture. However, non-venomous snakes may also display similar behaviors when threatened.
  7. Location and Habitat
    • Your geographic location can provide clues about the potential venomous snakes in your area. Research the local snake species and their preferred habitats to better understand the risks.
  8. Expert Identification
    • The best way to identify venomous snakes is by consulting local herpetologists, wildlife agencies, or snake identification guides.

It’s important to note that the term “poisonous” is often used incorrectly when referring to snakes. Technically, venomous snakes inject venom through their fangs, while poisonous animals release toxins when touched or consumed.

Always remember to treat all snakes with respect and caution, regardless of their venomous status. If you encounter a snake, the best course of action is to observe from a distance and avoid any interaction. If you need assistance or have questions about a specific snake, seek advice from professional herpetologists or wildlife agencies.

Stay safe and respect the natural world!


How to Kill Snakes

Killing snakes is not a recommended or ethical approach to dealing with snake problems. In many places, it’s illegal to kill snakes, especially if they’re protected or endangered species. Also, many snakes are beneficial, helping control pests like rodents. Instead, I would advise implementing humane methods of dealing with snakes in your area.

Here are some alternatives to killing snakes:

  1. Preventative measures: The best way to deal with snakes is to prevent them from coming into your space in the first place. Remove food sources like rodents, seal gaps in your home, and keep your yard clean and free of debris where snakes might hide.
  2. Snake repellents: There are commercial snake repellents available that you can spread around your property. These products typically use strong-smelling ingredients that deter snakes.
  3. Snake traps: You can use snake traps to catch snakes humanely. Once the snake is trapped, you can safely relocate it away from your property. Be sure to check local regulations before doing this.
  4. Hire professionals: If you have a snake problem, consider hiring a professional wildlife removal company. They have the expertise to handle snakes safely and can help you find a long-term solution to your snake issue.
  5. Respect snakes: Snakes play an important role in the ecosystem. Educate yourself and your family about the types of snakes in your area, including which ones are venomous and which ones are harmless. Most snakes are not aggressive and will only attack when they feel threatened.

If you absolutely need to kill a snake, perhaps because it poses an immediate threat to you or others, do so with caution and in accordance with local regulations. But in most cases, it’s better to focus on prevention and coexistence rather than killing snakes.


Snake Safety Tips


Snakes, while often misunderstood and feared, play an essential role in our ecosystems by controlling pests and maintaining ecological balance. However, it is crucial to know how to interact with them safely to avoid unwanted encounters. Whether you’re hiking, camping, or just relaxing in your backyard, these snake safety tips will guide you in coexisting peacefully with these fascinating creatures.

General Tips:

  1. Educate Yourself:
    • Familiarize yourself with the common snake species in your area. Know which are venomous and what they look like.
  2. Watch Your Step:
    • When walking in nature, stick to well-trodden paths. Avoid tall grass, piles of leaves, and heavy underbrush where snakes might hide.
  3. Wear Proper Footwear:
    • Thick boots that cover the ankles can prevent snakebites. If you’re in a snake-prone area, it’s worth investing in snake gaiters or guards.
  4. Avoid Nighttime Activities:
    • Many snakes are more active at night. If you’re out in a snake-prone area, use a flashlight and watch where you step.


If You Encounter a Snake:

  1. Stay Calm and Do Not Panic:
    • Snakes are usually more afraid of you than you are of them. Most snakebites occur when people accidentally step on or try to handle snakes.
  2. Do Not Attempt to Handle or Kill the Snake:
    • It’s essential to give the snake a wide berth. Snakes often bite in self-defense.
  3. Slowly Back Away:
    • If you’ve come across a snake, slowly and calmly move away from the area. Do not make sudden movements that could startle the snake.


In Case of a Snakebite:

  1. Stay Calm and Call for Help:
    • Panicking can increase your heart rate and spread venom faster. Dial emergency services immediately.
  2. Do Not Suck Out the Venom or Cut the Wound:
    • Contrary to some old myths, this can make things worse.
  3. Keep the Affected Limb Immobilized:
    • Try to keep the bitten limb at or slightly below heart level. Avoid walking or using the limb.
  4. Do Not Apply Ice or a Tourniquet:
    • Both can cause more damage and do not effectively stop the spread of venom.
  5. Remember the Snake’s Appearance:
    • If possible, try to remember the snake’s color, size, and any distinguishing marks. This can help medical professionals determine the best treatment.



Understanding snakes and practicing safety measures can make outdoor experiences enjoyable and safe. Respect and coexistence are possible when we arm ourselves with knowledge. Always remember, snakes are not out to get you; they merely react based on instinct and defense mechanisms. Safe adventures!


Snakebite Aftercare

Your comprehensive guide to understanding, treating, and managing snakebites. Whether you’re a hiker, camper, or just want to be informed, we’re here to ensure you have all the necessary knowledge to respond appropriately to a snakebite emergency.

Understanding Snakebites

What is a snakebite?

A snakebite is an injury caused when a snake bites the skin. Not all snakebites involve venom. There are two main types of snakebites:

  • Dry bites: where the snake does not inject venom.
  • Venomous bites: where the snake injects venom.


Types of venomous snakes

There are several species of venomous snakes worldwide, each with its venom type. Get to know the common venomous snakes in your region and their distinguishing characteristics.


Immediate First Aid

Steps to Take if Bitten by a Snake

  1. Stay Calm: Panic can increase blood flow, potentially causing venom to spread faster.
  2. Keep the bitten area immobilized and below heart level.
  3. Call emergency services immediately.
  4. Remove any tight clothing or jewelry near the bitten area to allow for swelling.
  5. Avoid cutting the bite, trying to suck out the venom, or using a tourniquet.
  6. Take note of the snake’s appearance (without approaching it) to help medical personnel determine the appropriate treatment.


Post-bite Care

Medical Treatment

Always seek medical attention immediately after a snakebite, even if you believe the snake was non-venomous. Some complications might arise, and it’s essential to get a medical evaluation.

Physical Therapy

In some cases, depending on the severity of the bite, physical therapy may be recommended to restore function and strength to the affected area.


Prevention and Safety Tips

  1. Be cautious: When hiking or camping, always watch where you step and avoid tall grass, piles of leaves, and rocky areas.
  2. Wear protective clothing: Use boots, long pants, and gloves when in snake-prone areas.
  3. Avoid provoking snakes: If you encounter a snake, give it space and avoid cornering or threatening it.
  4. Educate yourself: Familiarize yourself with local snake species, especially venomous ones.

Disclaimer: The content provided on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions about a medical condition.


Snake Poop (Feces)

The following images will help you accurately recognize animal feces that you come across. These are snapshots of snake excrement. If you spot these types of droppings in your attic or garden, it’s a sign that a snake has been present.

snake poop

Snake waste, commonly referred to as snake poop, is similar to the waste matter of other animals. It typically smells bad, is brown in color, and occurs whenever the snake feeds. Snake feces from those with a diet rich in rodents is typically an elongated, liquid excretion topped with a white cap of urea. This combination of kidney waste and intestinal waste results from snakes having a cloaca, a single opening near the tail through which they excrete waste.

Snake feces are often mistaken for bird droppings. Bird feces appear whiter due to a higher concentration of urea in their waste. Snake feces, on the other hand, may contain hair, bones, scales, or other remnants from the consumption of an entire prey animal. Another fecal type commonly confused with snake poop is that of lizards. Lizard droppings are usually in pellet form, while snake droppings tend to be long streaks or deposits. Only snakes, lizards, and birds produce waste with white deposits. If you see white in the feces, it likely comes from one of these three animals.

To produce feces, a snake first has to digest its food, which is a complex process. Most snakes swallow their prey whole, making digestion energy-intensive. During this process, the snake enters a dormant state to conserve energy. After 48 hours, the snake will be in full digestive mode, utilizing the surrounding air temperature to aid the process. Optimal digestion happens at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Enzymes in the stomach break down all parts of the prey except for bones, feathers, teeth, and other hard substances, which are then excreted as waste. If disturbed during digestion, a snake may regurgitate its meal to focus on escaping.

Determining the type of snake that left fecal deposits in your yard or garden can be difficult without genetic testing. The size of the feces can indicate the snake’s size. For example, a copperhead snake will leave a larger deposit than a garter snake. Analyzing the contents of the feces may also help identify the snake species. Feces with scales suggest a species that consumes other snakes, like the coral snake or kingsnake. Feathers and bones are less conclusive but indicate a medium-sized snake that preys on small mammals and birds. Familiarity with local snakes can help identify the species responsible for the droppings around your home.

Like any other feces, snake poop smells bad. Snake feces can pose health risks as it contains salmonella bacteria, which can cause salmonellosis in humans, a form of poisoning leading to severe gastrointestinal distress and even fatalities. When handling pet snakes, reptiles, or snake waste, it is essential to wash hands thoroughly before touching other surfaces or food. Gardeners should wear gloves and practice good sanitation. If you’ve seen a snake in your yard, it’s likely there’s snake feces too. Children in snake-populated areas should wear shoes outside to prevent exposure. As it’s challenging to identify snake species by their feces, always assume the snake is dangerous and wear proper foot and ankle protection.

Images and descriptions of snake poop – Although the term “poop snake” might conjure up images of nicknames in dubious company, there is no actual snake with this name. However, you might be curious about what snake feces looks like. Typically, it’s brown like most other animal droppings, and it’s difficult to differentiate snake feces from that of other carnivores. It may have white urea streaks or a white urea cap, but it’s generally unremarkable. The feces will be more liquid than solid, due to a lack of plant fiber in their diet. In larger reptiles, you may see indigestible bones, nails, or teeth in the waste. Snakes don’t poop often, so it’s rare to find multiple droppings in a small area. Snake feces might not be that informative, as snakes are common across the country. If you live in a rural area, don’t be surprised to find evidence of snakes on your property.

When it comes to snake defecation, many may wonder how it happens and what snake feces look like. In reality, snake feces is quite mundane, similar to that of other animals. One key difference is that snakes excrete urea and solids simultaneously. The nature of snake feces depends largely on the snake’s diet and is expelled through the cloaca.

snake feces

Snake feces is generally runnier than that of mammals, as it is expelled along with a cap of urea. The feces may appear more fluid and mushy due to this mixture. Snake feces are usually brown to dark gray, with a lighter-colored top when fresh, resulting from the combined excretion of urea and feces.

The size of snake feces can vary based on the species. Larger snakes typically produce more feces, often more than other animals of similar size. This is because they consume whole animals, leading to more unprocessed material.

Upon close examination, snake feces may reveal fur and other identifiable parts of animals consumed, which could be helpful in identifying a particular pest in your home and garden. It also assists in providing snake removal services.


Is It A Copperhead Snake?

It seems that the Copperhead snake is the most feared snake in the Henrico, Glen Allen, Richmond, Midlothian and Charlottesville areas of Virginia. But honestly, out of every 100 snake calls that come into our office as a copperhead, 99% of them end up being a juvenile Eastern Rat Snake that is unfortunately killed because it was misidentified.

Rat snakes, which people commonly refer to as a black snake, look very different as juveniles than they do when fully grown. They often have different color variations and have patterns that cause them to be misidentified by the untrained eye.

If in doubt about a particular snake species, always assume that it is a venomous (poisonous) snake and keep a safe distance. You can also take a picture of the snake with your phone’s camera and email the picture to us at for a quick snake identification free of charge.


Facts About The Eastern Rat Snake – Black Snake

  • Length – They can grow up to 80 inches in length.
  • Description – As adults, they are a large black snake with a white chin. The belly is black and white checkered with black smudges turning all gray towards the tail. The young are gray with black to brown blotches on the body.
  • Habitat – They are found throughout Virginia in forest, fields, agricultural areas, and even in the attics and crawlspaces of homes.
  • Habits – They are excellent climbers. I have observed them in trees and climbing up the sides of homes.
  • Diet – They feed on rodents, birds, eggs and even insects when young.
  • Breeding – Females can lay 5 to 19 eggs. That’s a lot of baby snakes.


At Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services we are constantly striving to advance our education so that we may serve you better.


Snake Bites

A nonpoisonous (the proper term is nonvenomous) snake bite has no venom and can do no more harm than frighten the victim. After being bitten several thousand times by nonpoisonous snakes, the author and his students have never suffered any adverse reaction, and no treatment was ever used.

The only harm nonpoisonous snakes can cause is frightening people who are not familiar with them. A bite from a poisonous (the proper term is venomous)  snake, however, causes an almost immediate reaction—swelling, tissue turning a dark blue-black, a tingling sensation, and nausea. If none of these is observed or felt, the bite was from a nonpoisonous snake.

Also, bites from one of the pit vipers (copperheads, rattlesnakes, and cottonmouths) will reveal two fang marks, in addition to teeth marks. All snakes have teeth; only pit vipers have fangs. North American pit vipers have only two rows of teeth on top and two on the bottom, whereas nonpoisonous snakes have four on top and four on the bottom. (Source: Prevention and Control of Wildlife Damage — 1994)


Snake Traps

Snake traps are an effective method of controlling unwanted serpentine visitors, especially in areas prone to encounters with venomous species. These contraptions are typically non-lethal and are designed to capture snakes without causing them harm, thus promoting a more humane approach to snake management. They come in various types, including glue-based, box, and funnel traps, each one having its own merits and ideal use case scenarios. When used properly, snake traps can provide a safe, reliable, and responsible solution to snake problems, allowing for the safe removal and relocation of these misunderstood creatures. It’s important to note, though, that in many locations, certain snakes are protected by law, and trapping them may require a permit or professional assistance. Snake traps are an effective way to catch a snake.


How to Trap Snakes

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to trap snakes safely and humanely. Whether you’re dealing with an unwanted snake on your property or need to relocate a snake for conservation purposes, this guide will help you learn how to do it with care and respect for the animal.

1. Understand the Importance of Snakes:

Before we dive into the process of trapping snakes, it’s essential to understand their significance. Snakes are a crucial part of the ecosystem, helping to control pest populations, and playing a vital role in the food chain. They are fascinating creatures that deserve respect and consideration.

2. Identify the Species:

Before attempting to trap any snake, it’s crucial to identify the species. Some snakes can be venomous and pose a threat if handled improperly. If you’re unsure about the snake’s species, contact a local wildlife expert, snake catcher, or pest control professional.

3. Safety First:

Always prioritize safety for both you and the snake. Wear gloves and appropriate clothing to protect yourself. Avoid handling the snake directly if possible. And most importantly, never attempt to trap a snake if you feel uncomfortable or unsure of the situation.

4. Choose the Right Trap:

Several types of traps can be used for capturing snakes. Here are the most commonly used:

  • Glue Traps: These sticky boards are often used to catch rodents, but they can also capture snakes. However, it’s essential to note that they can cause injury to the snake and are not recommended for humane trapping.
  • Minnow Traps: This type of trap is often used for catching fish, but it can be effectively used for smaller snake species. The snake can enter the trap, but cannot exit due to the funnel-shaped entrance.
  • Snake Tongs or Grabbers: These are long-handled devices that allow you to safely pick up and handle a snake without getting too close.

5. Proper Trap Placement:

Place the trap in an area where you have seen the snake or signs of its presence. Make sure to check the trap at least once every 24 hours to ensure the captured snake does not suffer from dehydration or stress.

6. Relocating the Snake:

Once you’ve captured the snake, it’s essential to relocate it safely. Contact your local wildlife agency for guidelines on where to release the snake. Ensure that you release it in a suitable habitat, away from populated areas, where it can find food and shelter.

7. Prevent Future Encounters:

To avoid future encounters with snakes, take preventive measures like sealing gaps around your home, maintaining your yard, and removing potential food sources such as rodents.


Trapping and relocating a snake should always be a last resort. It’s crucial to prioritize safety and ensure the snake’s well-being. If you’re unsure about how to handle a snake situation, it’s always best to consult with professionals.

Remember, snakes are an essential part of our ecosystem and deserve respect and consideration. Let’s work together to protect and preserve these incredible creatures.


How to Catch Snakes – A Comprehensive Guide

Welcome to our comprehensive guide on how to safely and humanely catch snakes. Whether you’re a snake enthusiast, a wildlife professional, or simply have an unwanted snake visitor, this guide will teach you how to properly and safely handle these remarkable creatures. We’ll walk you through the basics of snake identification, essential safety precautions, and different catching techniques. Remember, it is important to prioritize the well-being of the snake and yourself when attempting to catch one.

Important Note
Before attempting to catch any snake, it’s crucial to understand the legal implications of your actions. Many snakes are protected by state, federal, or international laws, making it illegal to capture or kill them without proper permission. Always research your local wildlife regulations and consult professionals if you have any doubts.

Step 1: Identifying the Snake Identifying the snake is the first step in safely capturing it. Snakes can range from harmless non-venomous species to highly venomous ones. Before you handle any snake, you should know which type you’re dealing with. Some key features to look out for include:

  • Head shape
  • Eye shape
  • Scale pattern
  • Coloration

However, it’s important to note that these features can be misleading, so always exercise caution.

Step 2: Safety Precautions Safety should always be your top priority when dealing with snakes. Follow these precautions to minimize the risk of getting bitten:

  • Wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves and boots.
  • Use snake-handling tools like snake hooks or snake tongs.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the snake.
  • Never corner a snake, as it may feel threatened and become more aggressive.
  • Be aware of your surroundings to avoid tripping or falling while handling the snake.
  • If you’re unsure about the species or feel uncomfortable handling the snake, call a professional.

Step 3: Catching Techniques Here are some common methods to catch snakes, depending on your situation:

  1. Snake Hook: A snake hook is a long tool with a curved end that allows you to gently lift and move the snake without harming it. This is a popular tool for experienced snake handlers.
  2. Snake Tongs: These are essentially large tweezers that can safely grip a snake’s body, allowing you to lift and relocate it. Make sure you grip the snake gently to avoid injuring it.
  3. Snake Bags or Buckets: Once you have the snake in a safe position using a hook or tongs, you can place it into a snake bag or bucket for temporary containment. Ensure that the container is secure and that you release the snake in an appropriate location as soon as possible.

Conclusion Catching snakes should be done responsibly and safely, prioritizing the well-being of both the snake and yourself. Always be aware of local regulations regarding snake handling and seek professional help if you’re unsure about any aspect of the process. By following these guidelines, you can help promote safe and humane interactions with these fascinating creatures.


How To Keep Snakes Away

At Virginia Professional Wildlife Removal Services, we understand your concerns about snakes around your home or property. These slithery reptiles can be intimidating, and while most snakes are harmless, a few species can be dangerous to humans and pets. Below we offer some tips and suggestions to help you keep snakes away from your premises.

  1. Maintain a Clean Yard Snakes are attracted to places where they can find food and shelter. By keeping your yard free of debris, you can reduce the likelihood of snakes seeking refuge on your property. This includes keeping your grass trimmed, removing piles of leaves or brush, and cleaning up any spilled food that may attract rodents.
  2. Seal Entry Points Seal any gaps or holes in your foundation, walls, or around doors and windows. Snakes can slip through small openings and find their way into your home. By sealing these entry points, you can make it more difficult for snakes to access your living space.
  3. Control Rodent Population Rodents are a primary food source for many snake species. By keeping rodent populations under control, you reduce the availability of food for snakes, making your property less attractive. Make sure to seal your garbage bins tightly and remove any potential food sources that might attract rodents.
  4. Install Fencing Consider installing a snake-proof fence around your yard or garden. Snake-proof fencing is usually made of fine mesh or solid material that prevents snakes from passing through. Make sure that the fence extends several inches below the ground to prevent snakes from burrowing under it.
  5. Use Natural Repellents Some natural substances can help repel snakes. These include essential oils like clove oil, cinnamon oil, or peppermint oil. Spread these around the perimeter of your property or in areas where you have seen snakes. Alternatively, sprinkle crushed garlic or mothballs around your yard.
  6. Avoid Attracting Them Avoid leaving food out for pets, and keep bird feeders away from the ground. These can attract rodents, which, in turn, attract snakes. Also, refrain from handling snakes, as this can provoke them to bite.
  7. Consult a Professional If you’re dealing with a persistent snake problem, or if you encounter a snake that you believe may be venomous, don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Snake removal experts can safely and humanely handle and relocate snakes.

Please note that while these methods can be effective in deterring snakes, they may not provide a 100% guarantee. Moreover, it is essential to understand that snakes play a vital role in the ecosystem, helping control pest populations. Instead of killing them, it’s best to use humane methods to keep them at bay.

For more information on keeping snakes away, contact us today at (804) 457-2883. Our team of experts is always ready to help you with your snake concerns.

Note: When using any chemicals or natural repellents, ensure that they are safe for use around children and pets. Always read and follow the instructions on the label. The use of chemicals or other repellents should be considered a last resort and should be used in conjunction with other methods to minimize the impact on the environment.


Snake Repellents

Most snake repellents contain either naphthalene, paradichlorobenzene or sulfur. None of these ingredients have really been proven effective in repelling snakes. The best snake repellent is achieved through habitat modification. Ask our local snake experts how we can help you obtain this on your own property. Note: Mothballs ARE NOT effective as a repellent for any wild animal.


Do Mothballs Keep Snakes Away?


Many homeowners and gardeners are constantly on the lookout for effective ways to keep snakes away from their property. One popular remedy that often surfaces in discussions is the use of mothballs. But do mothballs really repel snakes? Let’s delve into the facts and myths surrounding this topic.

What are Mothballs?

Mothballs are small white pellets, originally designed to repel moths and other pests from stored clothing. They typically contain naphthalene or paradichlorobenzene, chemicals that release strong vapors intended to kill or repel pests.

Mothballs and Snakes: Fact vs. Myth

Myth: Mothballs are a surefire way to repel snakes from your property.

Fact: There’s no scientific evidence to support the claim that snakes are repelled by mothballs. Most professional herpetologists and pest control experts agree that mothballs are not an effective repellent for snakes.

Why Mothballs are NOT Recommended for Snake Control

  1. Ineffectiveness: While the smell of mothballs is strong and unpleasant to humans, it doesn’t deter snakes in a significant way.
  2. Environmental Concern: Both naphthalene and paradichlorobenzene can be harmful to the environment. When they degrade, these chemicals can leach into the soil, contaminating groundwater and harming plants.
  3. Health Risks: If ingested or inhaled in large amounts, mothballs can pose health risks to pets and humans, especially children who might mistake them for candy.
  4. Illegal Use: In many regions, using mothballs as a snake repellent is considered off-label use and can be illegal. Pesticides and repellents should always be used as directed by their labels.


What Animals Kill Snakes

Snakes are fascinating creatures that play a crucial role in maintaining ecological balance. However, they aren’t at the top of the food chain. Many animals prey on snakes, keeping their population in check. Here are some of the predators that have a taste for snake meat:

  1. Birds of Prey: Raptors such as eagles, hawks, and owls are skilled hunters, and they often prey on snakes. Their keen eyesight allows them to spot their targets from a distance, and their sharp talons and beaks make them efficient predators.
  2. Mammals: A variety of mammals, including foxes, raccoons, badgers, and weasels, often kill and eat snakes. Larger mammals, such as bobcats and coyotes, can take down even large snake species.
  3. Other Snakes: Some snakes are known for eating their own kind. The king snake, for instance, is notorious for preying on other snakes, including venomous species. They have developed immunity to certain snake venoms, giving them a unique advantage.
  4. Amphibians: Though it may come as a surprise, some amphibians, such as large frogs and toads, will prey on small snakes. Their opportunistic nature makes them willing to eat almost anything that fits in their mouths.
  5. Reptiles: Various reptiles, such as monitor lizards and even alligators, have been known to consume snakes. These reptiles are apex predators in their respective habitats and can overpower snakes with their strength and speed.
  6. Humans: In some parts of the world, people hunt snakes for their meat, skin, and other body parts. This practice, while a part of some cultures, can contribute to the decline of snake populations if not regulated.
  7. Insects and Arachnids: Some large insects and arachnids, like centipedes and tarantulas, prey on small snakes. These invertebrates use their venom and brute strength to overpower their serpentine prey.

It’s important to note that while snakes have many natural predators, they are also crucial for maintaining ecological balance. They help control rodent populations and serve as prey for other species. Conserving snake populations is essential for preserving the health and diversity of ecosystems around the world.

If you want to learn more about snakes and their importance in the ecosystem, or if you need assistance with snake-related issues, feel free to get in touch with us. We are committed to promoting understanding and appreciation of these remarkable creatures.


Virginia Herpetological Society

The Virginia Herpetological Society (VHS) is a renowned organization that promotes the study, conservation, and appreciation of reptiles and amphibians, collectively known as herpetofauna. The society brings together herpetologists, wildlife enthusiasts, and concerned citizens who share a mutual interest in the wildlife of Virginia. VHS is known for its diverse range of programs and initiatives, such as conducting field surveys, providing educational resources, hosting symposiums, and publishing regular newsletters and scholarly articles. Through these endeavors, the society cultivates a deeper understanding of these fascinating creatures, their ecology, and their vital role in Virginia’s ecosystems.

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