Twenty seven different species of snakes inhabit the state of Maryland and two of those species are venomous. Montgomery County is inhabited by 16 species of snakes including one venomous species called the Northern Copperhead Snake.
Every spring, summer and fall a few thousand residents in communities such as Bethesda, Potomac, Olney, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Silver Spring, and Kensington encounter a snake in the yard or in the home. Most people are very afraid of being bitten and do not know how to get rid of a snake on their own.
The photos below are here to help Montgomery County residents identify different snake species that may be found in the backyard or in the house. By clicking on the photo you will access information about that species. The information includes some biology about that snake and it will tell you where that snake is most commonly found. This information is designed to help residents understand why a snake is in the backyard or in the house. The information will let you know how snakes get into homes and what can be done to seal snakes out of a home.
If you find a snake in your home or on your property contact a Montgomery County Maryland snake expert at 240-599-6815. If you have a pet snake that you no longer want please do not release it outside. Take your pet to the Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center at 7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855 or visit their website.