When a Snake Becomes a Nuisance
Snakes can become a nuisance in many different ways, due to the general fear most people have towards
snakes. People are most likely to encounter snakes if their property provides good snake habitat. Like all
animals, snakes are looking for a good place to hunt and live. The only damage a snake can cause, besides
poisonous bites, is just the general phobia most people have towards them. New York State is home to 17
different types of snakes. Snakes include Timber Rattlesnake (Venomous), Northern Copperhead (Venom-
ous), Eastern Massasauga (Venomous), Northern Water Snake, Queen Snake, Northern Brown Snake,
Northern Red-belly Snake, Common Garter Snake, Short-head Garter Snake, Eastern Ribbon Snake, Eastern
Hognose Snake, Northern Ringneck Snake, Eastern Worm Snake, Northern Black Racer, Smooth Green
Snake, Black Rat Snake, Eastern Milk Snake.
Snake Removal and Prevention
Snakes inside homes and offices can create an intense fear for some people. These snake should not be harmed, and may be there because of an unknown rodent problem. Homes with snakes present should be checked for the presents of rodents. Vole Meadow MiceOnce snakes are removed, entry point(s) should be located and sealed, as not to allow snakes and rodents to enter into the building. A rat or mouse problem (if present) must also be addressed. It is recommended that non-venomous snakes outside, should be left alone. Venomous snakes can be removed and snake pleasing habitats can be modified, which will make your property less attractive to snakes. Examples: Removal of wood and rock piles, ivy, reduce food (typically rodents) sources. In addition, a specially designed repellant can be applied that helps keep snakes out of the area. Use Caution!
Do not provoke or attempt to handle any snake that you cannot properly identify – it may be venomous.
If you are bitten by a venomous snake, you should immediately seek medical attention at a hospital.