Help! There is a Black Rat Snake in My Yard!

Help! There is a Black Rat Snake in My Yard!

Black rat snakes are some of the most common snakes in Maryland, and the type our Maryland snake removal technicians get a lot of calls about every summer. Most people don’t like snakes and feel threatened by a single encounter, which is especially understandable when it comes to black rate snakes. These creatures can reach up to 6-7 feet long, which makes for a rather menacing appearance. And although they don’t technically have a rattle at the tip of their tails, they can still make a rattling sound when they want to defend themselves. If you live in the country, you will likely encounter a black rat snake at least once. Don’t panic and read on to see what you can do to protect yourself.

Rat Snakes are Non-Venomous

It’s good to remember that there are only two venomous snake species in Maryland: copperhead and timber rattlesnake, and none of them are black. Black rat snakes are not only non-venomous, but also non-aggressive unless you pose a direct threat. They prefer to avoid conflict and will escape given a chance. If you encounter a black rat snake outdoors, it may be best to simply let it be and go on with your business. These snakes are beneficial to have around, as they control the population of mice. Black rat snakes are black from head to tail, except for their chin/throat area. However, if you are looking at an angle, in bright sunlight or if you encountered a young hatchling, it’s possible to get an impression that the snake is brown or grayish. If you are not sure whether you are dealing with a black rat snake, it’s worth calling your local Maryland snake removal experts. Don’t attempt to approach, kill or handle the snake. Black rat snakes, although non-venomous, can produce a foul-smelling musk when disturbed.

Good Climbers

Black rat snakes are also good climbers and can easily climb trees and man-made vertical structures, such as homes and garages. Brick, stone and other textured siding materials are especially fit for climbing. Snakes climb to look for food and shelter, and often find both in attics and rafters. They will feed on birds that land on the roof, as well as mice if the home has a mouse problem. Since snakes only feed about once per week and can go several months without food, they often stay in the attic for a long period of time. A local customer has recently sent us this photo of a black rat snake that has climbed up the vinyl siding and hung around the door frame. In a dangerous situation, a black rat snake tends to freeze in a “beefed up” pose, which is what you see in the photo and what gave the homeowner time to snap this picture.

Imagine opening a door to discover this black beast with a corner of your eye! This is indeed a heart-attack inducing spectacle. The homeowner called Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control right away and our trained technicians rushed to pick up and relocate this snake. If you encounter a black rat snake or another snake on your property, contact us ASAP for snake removal in Maryland.

About FairFax County Virginia Black Rat Snake Removal Services

About FairFax County Virginia Black Rat Snake Removal Services

Fairfax Humane Black Rat Snake Removal Services

It’s that time of the year where we find ourselves enjoying the great outdoors more, but this could put us at risk of encountering nuisance wildlife that could be dangers to our health. One nuisance wildlife you should  be on the lookout for is the Black Rat Snake.

Facts About the Black Rat Snake

The Black Rat Snake, also known as Elaphe Obsoleta Obsoleta, is FairFax County Virginia’s largest snake. This snake can grow 8 feet long and it can be easily spotted by its predominately black scales and white belly. You can find the Black Rat Snakes commonly in forests, fields, marshes and around farmland. The snakes often come out during the Spring and Fall and they are very active on sunny days in the Spring and Fall. During the Summer, the Black Rat Snakes are highly active at night. They are very dangerous to people and pets because these snakes are very skillful climbers. In fact, Black Rat Snakes climb high in trees to find prey at any giving time. You may even find them hiding in woodpecker holes and barn rafters. A female Black Rat Snake can lay 5 to 30 eggs at a time in logs, under rocks, or dead leaves. The prey of Black Rat Snakes die of suffocation when squeezed to death by the snakes. If you have Black Rat Snake problems or any other nuisance wildlife problems,  Mid Atlantic Wildlife Control is here as your humane animal removal and wildlife control technician. We offer full service Wildlife control services in FairFax County Virginia and the surrounding area. Black Rat Snake removal is pest control service that many wildlife control technicians do not have the proper equipment or expertise to handle. Our highly qualified FairFax wild life technicians have the equipment and expertise to handle physical removal, exclusion services and sealing to protect your property and family from Black Rat Snakes and other Snake types. We specialize in humanely removing both venomous and non-venomous snakes from properties. For more information read up on our Snake Removal Services. Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Control is here to protect you from invasive wildlife. Our company is fully insured and licensed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Delaware Fish & Game and Virginia Fish & Game. Call us for wildlife control services. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter as well   Source: