What To Do When You Find A Snake In Charlotte

Charlotte Snakes In Groups – Is It A Ball, Bed or Den?

It’s not every day that you see Charlotte snakes ball up ten to twenty thick. But when spring arrives, the chance encounters between humans and snakes take a leap in activity. You’re out, they’re out, and the possibility of crossing paths is never far from actuality. In most cases, neither you nor the snakes seek to encounter the other. And that is good, because: most bites occur when inexperienced people seek to handle or kill a snake.

In a recent photo taken along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a local resident captured the essence of snakes-in-a-bed. After posting the image on social media, she sent the photo to NBC Charlotte. Luckily, she knew to stay far enough away from the snakes to avoid danger.

Whether you see them singularly or as grouped snakes, avoidance offers the best defense. Problem is: sometimes people just end up too near a snake in Charlotte. Or worse: you spot a ball, a bed, or a den of snakes too near your home, or perhaps even under or in your home.

In this article, the Carolina Pest Management wildlife removal team shares pointers for what to do when Charlotte snakes get too near to your living space.

Information About Charlotte Snakes

1. Venomous Snakes in Charlotte
According to the NC State University Cooperative Extension, only six of the 37 snake species common to North Carolina are venomous. Three are typical to the Charlotte Piedmont area: copperheads, cottonmouths, and rattlesnakes.

2. Venomous or Non-venomous?
Five characteristics of venomous snakes in Charlotte include:

  1. Vertically elliptical pupils
  2. A sizable triangular-shaped head with a shiny cap over the nose
  3. Pits slightly below and between each eye and the associated nostril
  4. Non-singular scales on the bottom side of the tail
  5. Long fangs

3. How Dangerous is a Snake Bite?
Statistics declare bee stings take out more people than do snake bites. But even if bitten by a non-venomous Charlotte snake, do not rule out the need for competent medical attention.

Tip: Most non-venomous snakes cannot bite through clothing.

4. What is a Snake’s Striking Distance?
Typical striking distance of a snake is ½ the length of the snake’s body.

5. How Can I Avoid Snakebites at Home?

  • Keep the yard mowed
  • Remove brush and weeds from around nearby trees as well as the house
  • Learn how to “see” uncommon movement
  • Avoid dense vegetation
  • Wear gloves and long sleeve shirts
  • Keep body parts away from areas you cannot see in clearly, i.e. bushes
  • Just walk away from a snake if found – don’t try to remove or touch them yourself
  • Don’t disturb grouped snakes in beds, dens or balls; rather call for professional Charlotte snake removal

When Snakes in Charlotte Invade Your Home

Living with snakes can be stressful but not necessarily dangerous. Reports from the NC Cooperative Extension establish slipping in a bathtub as a far riskier component of human activities. But sometimes they do enter buildings. In Charlotte, black rat snakes typically prove the be the most frequent home “visitors.”

Non-lethal snake control methods include:

  • Finding and sealing points of entry
  • Adding weather stripping to window and doorframes
  • Eliminating the food source
  • AND removing the existing snake or grouped snakes

Since 1939, Carolina Pest Management has been helping homeowners and business owners in the Carolinas remove and manage wildlife and other local pests. When snakes invade your home or land, we have the environmentally conscious Charlotte snake solution. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for Charlotte pest control and wildlife control.