5 Most Common Maryland Snakes

5 Most Common Maryland Snakes

Summer is snake season in Maryland. While you’re out gardening or hiking, keep your eyes peeled for snakes trying to warm themselves or hunt for a meal. There are only two venomous snakes in Maryland: the copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. Even though most Maryland snakes are not venomous, it is important to not move a snake yourself but instead contact us for professional snake removal. We humanely remove and relocate them, as they are beneficial to Maryland’s ecosystem. In case you were wondering, there are 27 different species of snakes in Maryland. Below are the 5 most common Maryland snakes that you may encounter.

Garter Snake

The eastern garter snake is one of the most abundant snake species in Maryland. They come in a wide variety of colors from black, greenish, brown, but usually with a yellow or white stripe down the back. The stripe may be absent and appear as spots and all snakes colors can vary. The garter snake can grow up to 26 inches long and is most commonly found in forest, meadows, marshes, and backyards. If there is a water source nearby, you may be more likely to come across a garter snake. They are found statewide, including Montgomery, Howard, Carroll, Frederick, Anne Arundel, Harford, and Baltimore County.

Rat Snake

The rat snake is one of the largest of the most common Maryland snakes and can grow up to 80 inches in length. However large, this snake is more of a gentle giant than you might imagine and is usually not aggressive. As you may have deciphered from its name, the rat snake is an excellent hunter. This means that it is wonderful at taking care of mice and rat problems. This snake is most commonly black with white markings and, as stated before, can reach an amazing 6 feet in length. It makes its home anywhere from rocky areas to forests and flatland which is why you’ll find them from the Chesapeake Bay to the Appalachian Mountains.

Northern Brown Snake

Unlike the rat snake, the northern brown snake is one of the smallest varieties found across Maryland. This brown snake, paired with dark brown to black spots along the back, only grows to be just over a foot long. Although brown is in the name, these snakes may also appear in reddish and grayish tones. They’re plentiful in Maryland but you’ll probably rarely come across one as they primarily hunt at night. When threatened, this small snake will flatten itself to give off the appearance of being larger than it is! You may scare one from its den if you are moving wood or rocks and beware, they are known to be biters.

Northern Racer

You may have guessed from its name that the northern racer is fast! Its long and thin body type makes it especially quick. You could be walking along a Maryland path or forest line and spot one, but by the time you see them, they are already a mile away. In addition to being quick, this is also another large Maryland snake that can grow up to 60 inches. The racer is almost always black, but as with all snakes, coloration can vary. You may see them in gray hues as well. They tend to stick to grassy areas or forests, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find one living in an urban dwelling as well.

Ring-Necked Snake

The ring-necked snack is found all over Maryland, but especially in the Northern Counties near Pennsylvania, and also on the Eastern Shore. One of the smaller varieties, they grow to be around 15 inches in length. They are also characterized by a cream to yellow colored ring around the neck and on the belly. This snake is found primarily in and around pinewood forests. They love damp, moist places like rotting log piles, junk piles, and of course your basement. The ring-necked snake, unlike all the others on the list, is found only in parts of Maryland west of the Chesapeake Bay. On the other side, you’ll find the less common southern ring-necked snake. This is exactly the same but with a broken ring on its neck and half-moon shapes on its belly.

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Snakes can be very dangerous, regardless of if they are venomous or not. It is best to get them professionally removed if they have made their way into their home. In addition to snakes, we can help with a number of other animal removals, such as:

No matter which of the most common Maryland snakes are invading your home or property, please take care not to remove snakes on your own, as even the most docile snakes will bite if threatened. Snakes are one of our specialties, and our skilled snake handlers will safely remove and relocate your snake pests. Call us today at [Direct] for snake and other animal removals.

Snake Removal In Cockeysville

Snake Removal In Cockeysville

Homeowners often become confused about who to call when they are in need of snake removal in Cockeysville. Many people who have a snake control problem do a search on the web for pest control companies in Cockeysville or snake exterminators in Cockeysville. However there is no such thing as a snake exterminator and most pest control companies in Cockeysville don’t provide snake expert or snake control services. Most of the technicians that work for pest control companies in Cockeysville don’t want to find a snake in a customers home simply because they are afraid of the snake as most people are. Instead of searching for the snake they will put down a large glue board and hope that the snake comes in contact with it. Glue boards placed on the outside of a home rarely catch a snakes. Glue boards placed in a yard are usually filled with leaves after a day. If a snake is caught on a glue board pest control technicians usually leave it there to die which is illegal. Unfortunately most pest control companies in Cockeysville do not train their technicians for snake control services. They are unable to identify how the snake got into the home and why the snake is in the home. Any homeowner that finds a snake in their house or on their property should do a google search for a wildlife control company that provides snake removal in Cockeysville. Any reputable company that offers snake control services will have a snake expert on staff. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is a full service snake control company that has provided snake removal in Cockeysville for over a decade. The owner of Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the top snake expert in Maryland. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control retains a wildlife control license issued by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. They are legally able to remove snakes from properties and relocate them to a more appropriate place.

Many homeowners who are in desperate need of snake removal in Cockeysville contact Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control. A snake control technician will first conduct an inspection of the property. If the homeowner is seeing snakes in the yard the technician will search under debris, piles of wood, in flower beds and other obvious places a snake may be hiding. The technician will also inspect the exterior foundation of the home to make sure that there are no entry points where the snake may get into the home. Snakes pass through yards for different reasons. Sometimes they just want to get to a destination and sometimes they are attracted to the property for a reason. It is up to the snake control technician to figure that out. The question is simple, is the snake passing through or is it there to feed on something? If the homeowner is seeing snakes or snake skins on the inside of the home then the snake control services technician will conduct a detailed inspection to locate the snake and remove it. The technician will also inspect the exterior of the home to identify where the snake entered the home. Open doors and windows are not the only way snakes enter a home. The snake control technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control will inspect the entire foundation of the home to locate any entry points. The inspection includes the perimeter around doors, windows, soffits and the entire roof line to identify any potential entry points such as gaps, cracks or openings. Snakes will bite if they feel threatened so most people do not like to catch a snake that has found its way into the house. If you are in need of snake removal in Cockeysville call a snake expert at Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control at 443-417-3137. A snake control technician will safely remove the snake and seal any entry points. If rodents are attracting snakes to your property the technician will take care of that also.

Snake Removal In Gaithersburg in High Demand

Snake Removal In Gaithersburg in High Demand

It’s normal for snakes to show up at this time of the year but this spring snake removal companies in Gaithersburg like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control have received more calls than previous years. It may just be that the population of snakes, in general, has increased. It may be because the human population in Gaithersburg has jumped from 60,000 people in 2010’ to 69,000 people in 2019’. Another reason could be that more and more housing developments are going up everywhere to accommodate the steady increase in the human population. There are at least 20 new housing communities that have been developed in Gaithersburg just in the last year which has brought humans and snakes closer together. The increase in human population and housing development also means an increase in the rodent population especially mice. Since many different species of snakes such as the Black Rat Snake (non-venomous) and the Copperhead (venomous) feed on mice this means an increase in the snake population. Snakes find rodents by following their scent trail even if that means following the scent trail of the mouse into a house. The photo of the Brown Snake was taken at a home off of Longdraft Rd, Gaithersburg, 20878 on April 14th of this year. The homeowners found this harmless little snake in their front foyer when they came home from church. Brown Snakes are very small and often get into homes through gaps under exterior doors. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control was actually at a neighboring house removing a Black Rat Snake when these homeowners called for help with the removal of this Brown Snake.

Most people call Gaithersburg animal control if they find a snake on their property however animal control does not handle snake issues or any other wildlife or pest control problems. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is highly recommended by several animal control authorities throughout Maryland. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife control is fully licensed and insured and has a team of top-notch experts who wrote the book for snake control in Gaithersburg and the state of Maryland. If you need to know how to get rid of snakes in the yard or how to keep snakes out of a house give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct].

Westminster Homeowner Finds Black Snake In The Fireplace

Westminster Homeowner Finds Black Snake In The Fireplace

Snake removal in Westminster is a necessity from April till November. The most common non-venomous species of snakes that homeowners throughout Westminster encounter are the black rat snake, garter snake, brown snake, ring-neck snake, and northern racer. The most common venomous snake species that homeowners throughout Westminster encounter are the northern copperhead, however, the timber rattlesnake does show up on a rare occasion. All of these species are found in yards across Westminster however usually only the black rat snake, garter snake, brown snake, and ring-neck snake are found inside of homes. There have been remote cases where copperheads and timber rattlesnakes are found in the basement of older stone homes especially during the cold winter months when an old stone basement presents its self as the perfect place for these snakes to hibernate. These snakes can enter a home through any gap or opening but the most common entry points are through pre-existing gaps or openings around the foundation of a home including gaps under or around doors. Snakes will enter a home through open doors or windows including through window air conditioning units. Some species like the black rat snake are excellent climbers and often enter a home through gaps and openings around the rooftop. A homeowner off of Ridge Road, Westminster 21157 sat down in her living room to watch TV and saw something moving in the fireplace. As she looked closer she was horrified to find a 5-foot long black rat snake. Since she and her husband did not know how to get a snake out of the house she quickly called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control to catch and remove the snake. The snake expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control inspected the exterior of the home and found that this black rat snake entered the home by climbing up ivy that grew up the outside of a chimney then it climbed down the chimney into the fireplace.

If you find a snake in your home or on your property and want to know how to get rid of snakes call Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control who is Westminster’s leading snake control experts at [Direct].

Snake Drives Owings Mills Couple Out

Snake Drives Owings Mills Couple Out

Even though it’s still early in the spring season snakes are already on the prowl. As the average daily temperatures climb higher more and more snakes will rise from hibernation. Food is the first thing on a snakes mind when they wake up from their long winter’s nap. Some snake species eat insects like crickets, some eat earthworms and some eat rodents like mice and small rats. However, all snake species seek out their food by following the scent trail of whatever it is they feed on. Most homes that snakes are found to have a mouse problem. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading snake removal company in Owings Mills. During inspections, their snake removal experts find that most snakes enter homes through the same hole or entry point that mice use. Snakes also enter homes through gaps under or around doors and through any pre-existing gaps or holes around the exterior of the home. Black Rat Snakes are one of the most common snake species found throughout Owings Mills. They are also the most common snake species that enters homes in Owings Mills. This particular species feeds on small rodents and often follows the scent trail of mice into basements through the same holes and gaps that mice use. Black Rat Snakes are excellent climbers and they regularly climb trees to feed on small birds and are known to raid bird nest to eat the bird eggs or baby birds in the nest. Their superior climbing skills also allow them to climb up the sides of some homes. They are able to use their strong muscular yet slender physique to climb up homes that have a stone, brick, or cedar shingle façade. Once they reach the roofline they are able to enter the attic through the gable vents, soffit vents, ridge vent, or the gaps along the fascia boards.

Many homeowners find out they have snakes living in their attic when they discover a shedded snake skin on top of the insulation. Not knowing how to get rid of snakes they call a snake expert. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading snake removal company in Owings Mills. They provide snake removal services as well as seal up any gaps or holes on the exterior to prevent snakes or other critters from entering the home. In the first week of April Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control received a call from a homeowner on Caves Rd, Owings Mills 21117. The homeowner was in such a panic they could barely speak. The representative from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control finally got the homeowner to calm down enough to find out that the homeowner and her husband had run from their house after finding two large Black Rat Snakes in a box in their attic. Black Rat Snakes are not venomous but they will bite in defense and when the homeowner opened up the box one of the snakes struck at him and missed. This caused the homeowners to panic. The technician from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control arrived about an hour after the incident happened and was able to remove both of the snakes and relocate them to a more appropriate place. The homeowner’s biggest concern was how do snakes get into a house. The answer is simple, through any gap or openings they can fit through and if you have a mouse problem the chances of you getting a snake in your home at some point is very likely. If you have a snake in your home or in your yard give Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control a call at [Direct]. A snake expert will be able to answer all of your wildlife questions.

How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Basement

How To Keep Snakes Out Of Your Basement

With the arrival of spring comes many frustrated homeowners in need of snake removal in Silver Spring. As temperatures rise and stay above 45 degrees some snake species come out of hibernation. The first species to come out of hibernation is the Garter Snake. This non-aggressive, non-venomous species feeds on small fish like minnows, a variety of insects, and earthworms. Garter Snakes are a small snake and can fit into small gaps and cracks in the foundation of any home. Do to their slender build they are also known to enter a home through gaps under an exterior door. Most homeowners don’t know how to get rid of snakes because they don’t understand the way snakes function and most people are afraid of snakes because they have never handled one before. This is why snake expert companies like Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control stay busy throughout the spring, summer and early fall months in Silver Spring. Last week a homeowner on Harvey Rd, Silver Spring 20910 contacted Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control because they were finding snake skins in their basement. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control sent out one of their snake experts to inspect the yard, the exterior foundation of the home and the basement to determine why the snakes were on the property, how are they gaining entry into the home and why are they getting into the home. Immediately when the snake expert pulled into the driveway he noticed several places in the yard where snakes would hibernate and find security from predators. Upon a more detailed inspection of the yard, he discovered an old oak tree that was hollowed out at the bottom with loose dirt in the hollowed base. A tree like this is perfect for snakes to hibernate in or simply to hang out in during the warmer months of the year. The snake expert found and removed a Brown Snake (see photo below) from under a pallet that firewood was stacked on top of.

The snake expert from Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control proceeded to inspect the foundation of the home where he found three gaps that any small to medium size snake could fit through. In fact, he actually found a snakeskin in one of the gaps. The skin was still very soft and flexible meaning that a snake must have shed while entering the house. He continued the inspection in the basement in an attempt to locate the snake that left the skin in the foundation gap. The shedded skin was only 10 inches long and there were a lot of storage boxes in the basement making it almost impossible to locate the snake. After searching for 30 minutes the snake expert was able to find the snake in the rafters of the ceiling. After the inspection was complete Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control sealed up the entry points in the foundation of the home to prevent any more snakes from coming in the basement in the future. If you don’t know what to do if you find a snakeskin or snake in your house then contact a professional that can help. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is the leading snake expert in Silver Spring. Call [DirectNumber] and a professional will help you.