If there's one thing we have plenty of here in Georgia, it's snakes. In fact, we have about 40 different species of snakes that we know of.
Snakes are reptiles of the taxonomic suborder Serpentes. Like all reptiles, they're ectothermic animals, which means that they have little ability to regulate their body temperatures using internal heat production. They rely on external heat to keep their bodies at the temperatures needed to maintain metabolism; and they do this by moving from place to place, looking for temperatures that are neither too hot nor too cold.
What this means to us legged creatures are that snakes are often found in places where we don't expect them. Maintaining their body temperatures is such a central part of their survival that a place with exactly the temperature they're looking for is a great find for a snake -- even if it's less-than-ideal in other ways. We find snakes in kitchens, bedrooms, basements, crawl spaces, soffits, attics, garages... pretty much everywhere, actually.
Most Georgia snakes are non-venomous, but we have our share of venomous ("poisonous") snakes, too
All the rest of our Georgia snakes are non-venomous. But because some venomous species look very similar to non-venomous snakes, you really shouldn't be messing with any snake unless you're an expert at telling them apart. Call us instead. We'll sort them out for you.
One more thing we want to mention here, because some folks as about it, is that there's no need to worry about "orphaned" snakes starving if their parents are removed. Snakes are self-sufficient and fend for themselves from the day they hatch.
A lot of people hate snakes, and a lot more are afraid of even the harmless species; so let's spend a few moments talking about some of the good things about snakes.
The first thing we should mention is that pretty much all snakes are beneficial, mainly because practically everything that they eat is something that we consider a pest. All snakes are carnivorous, and most of the ones we find around Atlanta preferentially eat rodents. Without snakes, rat and mouse populations would skyrocket.
Other snakes, like the common garter snake, prefer smaller prey. They'll eat small rodents like mice, but they also like insects, spiders, grubs, and other small invertebrates. This makes them at worst harmless -- and more likely beneficial -- in a vegetable garden because they help control insect and small rodent pests, but have no interest in eating the crops.
Snakes are also rather passive animals by nature. They don't attack humans or domestic animals except in self-defense. Unfortunately, that often does happen when humans or our animals accidentally stumble across or step the snakes.
Unfortunately, as beneficial as snakes are, there are times when they have to be removed a particular place. When this is necessary depends on the snake, the place, and the people and other animals involved.
In the case of non-venomous snakes, whether or not they need to be controlled depends on the situation. Because some snakes do eat small birds and bird eggs, for example, we certainly wouldn't want them hanging around a chicken coop. But we might welcome them in a vegetable garden -- or not, depending on the person. Some people can't stand any snakes, and they simply want them gone. That's a perfectly acceptable reason for humanely capturing and relocating a non-venomous snake.
Another time when even people who aren't afraid of snakes will usually want them removed is when they get into the house itself. Lots of folks don't mind snakes in the garden, but they draw the line at snakes in the bed.
In the case of venomous snakes, snake removal is always recommended if the snakes are in or nearby places where people or domestic animals live. Having copperheads or rattlers in the back yard is a lot different than having a black snake under the porch or a garter snake in the garden. The risk of someone getting bit because they accidentally stepped on a venomous snake is much too high.
Snake control keeps us pretty busy, especially in the summer months. Snake-removal jobs are quite varied, ranging from simple capture-and-remove jobs, to snake-proofing entire homes. Rid-A-Critter handles snake-removal calls of all kinds, for all Georgia snake species, both venomous and non-venomous. We provide both capture-and-remove and snake-exclusion services throughout Atlanta and all of Northern Georgia.
Please contact us for more information about snake control or any of our high-quality wildlife management services.
Snake Control Gallery
Here are some pictures of snakes we've met in the Greater Atlanta area, as well as some of the non-toxic, environmentally-friendly snake control removal methods that our animal control technicians use to manage snakes. You can also click here to watch a video of Jeff removing a snake from behind the shutter of a home.
Peachtree City snake control job
Baby copperheads caught in Sandy Springs
Black snake trapped and removed in Marietta
Copperhead snake trapped in Sandy Springs
Black rat snake removed from a house in Atlanta
King snake removal job in Marietta, Georgia
Northen water snake trapped in Conyers, GA
Northen water snake control in Lithonia, Georgia
Copperhead in leaves, Peachtree City, Georgia
King snake attacking a rat snake
Rat snake removal from under a porch in Atlanta
Rubber snake that customer thought was real
Snake removed from a house in Atlanta
King snake removal job in Fayetteville, Georgia
Copperhead snake removal in Atlanta, Georgia
Copperhead snake removal in Atlanta
Jason with a mighty snake. Don't try this at home!
Baby copperhead snake in a rain down spout
King snake on a house in Fairburn, Georgia
Eastern coral snake, one of our venomous snakes
Brad with a snake removed from an Atlanta home
Snake removed from an Atlanta, Georgia home
Copperhead snake removed from Douglasville, GA
Snake in a tree outside a home in Atlanta
Rat snake removed from a house in Atlanta
King snake removal in Marietta, Georgia
Garter snake trapped in Atlanta, Georgia
Close-up of a copperhead snake's head