snake-in-the-grass-23441280235125wUx3As winter is in full swing, snakes might be a problem for homeowners. Cold-blooded snakes do not produce their own body heat, so they go into hibernation during the cold season. However, some of the places they hibernate could be in or around the home. Snakes could make nests underground, in trees, under rocks, or high up. Snakes, even without limbs or appendages, have a fantastic climbing ability. If there are trees near your home, they might be able to reach the upper levels of your home, including your attic. A well-insulated and heated home could be a good place for the winter hibernation of a snake.

During hibernation, there is little evidence that a snake is there, other than actually seeing it.  Snakes become a lot more active in the spring. There can be many signs of the snake’s habitation. For one, most snake species reproduce once spring arrives. Some species hatch from eggs while others birth live young. Either way, there will be a large amount of noise from the offspring, such as hissing, slithering, or thumping. If you have rattlesnakes, you would probably hear the sound of the tail shaking. There may be droppings or shed skins. Seeing snakes near your home does not mean they live in or around it. Searching for food, the snakes may hunt in various places for a meal.

Snakes can vary in length from 10 cm to a few meters when fully grown. However, most of the very long snakes are not indigenous to this area. The colors of snakes include green, brown, black, tan, red, and yellow. Most snake species have distinguishable colors and patterns.

Most poisonous snakes in the US are known as pit vipers. Copperheads and rattlesnakes are examples of pit vipers. They have an indent, or “pit,” between the eye socket and nostril on each side. Pit vipers have a triangular head shape, while the non-venomous snakes in the area generally have narrow, curved heads.

Wood and debris piles, high grass, weeds, or overgrown plants may house snakes and other pests. small openings in sheds or your home can allow snakes to easily slip through.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, rats, squirrels, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-227-7227 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.