You are not alone when you claim to have a fear in snakes according to recent polls being that 51% of people asked said they are petrified of them. Shivers are sent down your spine and high-pitched shrills escape from your lips when you see one slither across your kitchen floor. Today, we at A Five Star Termite and Pest Control would like to elaborate on snakes in your Texas home.
What to Do if You See a Snake in Your House or Yard
1) Relax. Remaining calm is vital and avoiding any loud sounds or sudden movements that will scare off the snake into hiding.
2) Safety Precautions. Use a broom to gently and non-aggressively, guide the snake out the door if you are next to a door and make sure to prioritize safety. It is essential to be careful if you are trying to handle the snake on your own.
3) Quick Reaction. You can place a larger bucket or trash can over the time should the snake is coiled and simply wait for professional pest control to remove it safely.
How to Tell if a Snake is Venomous
It is difficult to tell if a snake is venomous, especially when you are panicking and not able to concentrate on the color, shape of the head or you don’t desire to look the snake in the eye to examine its pupils. It is in your better interest to wait for professional assistance if you are not sure if the snake is venomous. You will want to fortify the home to ensure no further snake intrusions occur once the snake has been successfully evicted from the premises. The snake entered through a small gap or hole in the foundation or structure of the house, more than likely. Do not attempt removal on your own and call in the experts should you suspect a snake in the walls.
Common Snakes in San Antonio, TX
Within San Antonio, Texas, the common snakes include the list below.
Coachwhip: Featuring small heads, big eyes, and slender bodies, the common snakes of Texas are Western Coachwhip and the Eastern Coachwhip. More than likely, you will see them hunting for small birds, rodents, and lizards if you live close to pine forests, prairies, moist sand and soil or large open and grassy fields.
Eastern Hognose: They will exhibit venomous-snake-like behavior when threatened, the eastern hognose snake is one that grows to about 30 inches long and though harmless. Though it takes quite a bit to agitate this species, when they do, they will coil up and flatten its head to look like a cobra.
Garter Snakes: Other common snakes of Texas include Redstripe Ribbon Snake and the Western Ribbon Snake. Checkered Garter have a distinctly striking designs and they are fairly small.
Texas Ratsnake: These snakes can grow over 5 feet in length as they are relatively larger snakes in the area. They have tan or yellow coloration, with unorganized and irregular patches of darker color along the length.
Other common snakes in the San Antonio area include Blotched Watersnake, Diamondback Watersnake, Bull Snake, the Ringneck Snake, California King Snake, Yellowbelly Racer, Speckled Kingsnake, Prairie Kingsnake, Ground Snake, Texas Brown Snake, Lined Snake, Graham’s Crayfish Snake, Blind Snake, Longnose Snake, Rough Earth Snake, Smooth Earth Snake, and Rough Green Snakes.