Snakes are a force to be reckoned with, especially when it's hard to spot them. With over 30 species and subspecies of snake living in Utah, it is difficult to guess what type of snake you are bound to encounter in everyday life. It is, however, necessary to know when a snake you come across is venomous — the knowledge could save your life. 

Getting Rid of Snakes

Venomous Snakes

Snake problems in Salt Lake CityIn Utah, there are 7 species of venomous snakes, all of which are rattlesnakes. This makes it relatively easy to determine which ones to be of cautious of, since they must have a rattle on their tail to be venomous.

Utah's 7 species of venomous snakes are:

  • Sidewinder
  • Speckled Rattlesnake
  • Mojave Rattlesnake
  • Western Rattlesnake
  • Hopi Rattlesnake
  • Midget-faded Rattlesnake
  • Great Basin Rattlesnake

In the Wasatch Front region, however, the only rattlesnake you will come across is the Great Basin rattlesnake. At about 3-4 feet, these rattlers are relatively shy and quite gentle in both toxicity and temperament. They are reluctant to strike, but they will when they feel threatened.

Given that you stay on well-established travels,  the chances that you will see a rattlesnakes if you stay away from bushy or rocky areas is minimal.

Snake Removal

In most states, non-venomous snakes are protected from unnecessary killing.

If you are experiencing a serious snake related issue, please do not hesitate to contact the experienced wildlife professionals at Critter Control. We are properly trained to take care of venomous or problematic snakes, and we know to never handle the heads of freshly killed venomous snakes, as they may still be able to inject venom through a bite reflex which lingers for a short period of time.

Take Care of Snake Problems

The best way to control snake populations is to remove potential sources of food and shelter.

  • Clearing yards of debris piles and mowing grass regularly helps discourage snakes from making their homes on homeowners' lawns.
  • Sealing up cracks and gaps along exterior walls with fine mesh or caulk also proves effective.

To eliminate potential food sources, it is prudent to take steps to control rodent and insect populations. These can include:

  • Maintaining clean living spaces
  • Storing food in rodent-proof containers

In areas with high native snake populations, it may be a good idea to put up snake-proof fences to keep the slithering critters away from children in play areas. The only issue with snake-proof fencing is that it can become costly.

We can help you get rid of snake problems! Call our Salt Lake City office today for snake removal services.

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Snakes in your home, garden or rock piles? Critter Control can help you deal with snakes in a humane and rational way. If you see a snake and are concerned, call Critter Control today at 801.997.9965 and our trained technicians can oftentimes catch the snake if it is still there.
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