Southern Florida’s Four Venomous Snake Species

Southern Florida’s Four Venomous Snake Species [Native]

There are four venomous snakes that flourish in central and southern Florida, namely the eastern diamondback, the eastern coral snake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake and the Florida cottonmouth, also known as the water moccasin.

 Florida offers ideal weather conditions and habitat for dozens of snake species, but only four of those snake species are classified as venomous. Venomous snakes inject venom when they bite. Although venomous snakes are often described as poisonous, venomous snakes aren’t actually poisonous since poison must be ingested rather than injected. Technically, there’s no such thing as a poisonous snake. Venomous snakes, on the other hand, are dangerous and should be avoided.

Florida residents shouldn’t be overly concerned about non-venomous snakes, but it’s important to note that it can be difficult to distinguish between the previously mentioned venomous snakes and certain non-venomous snake species. It should also be mentioned that north Florida is home to the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest venomous snake species in the United States. The average length of an eastern diamondback is between five and six feet. This dangerous venomous snake will strike from a classic coiled position and can extend half of its body length to reach a target. Never go near an eastern diamondback to avoid serious injury.

Eastern Coral Snake

The eastern coral snake is distinguished by a red and yellow coloration pattern. The venom of the eastern coral snake is neurotoxic, affecting the nervous system and causing paralysis of the diaphragm.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

The dusky pygmy rattlesnake is a small rattlesnake with an average length of between 15 and 22 inches. The rattle is so small it sounds like a buzzing insect. This venomous snake is gray with colored blotches running along its back. The venom of the dusky pygmy rattlesnake is painful but not lethal. This particular snake accounts for more Florida snakebites than any other venomous snake species.

Florida Cottonmouth

Also known as a water moccasin, the Florida cottonmouth is a venomous water snake. This dangerous venomous snake is characterized by its solid dull black or patterned coloration. The most common way to identify a water moccasin is to watch for the black eye line running from the side of the snake’s eye and down the side of its head. Even baby cottonmouths have this distinctive eye line.

Florida Cottonmouth

Hiring a Snake Professional

Hiring a Snake Professional

What should you do when you realize that you’ve got a snake problem? Perhaps the lush vegetation around your home or business is attracting rats, mice and other rodents. Snakes like to dine on birds and rodents. One of those snakes might even slip through a crack or tiny hole to enter your attic and hunt down the rats and mice that are living in the walls and floors of your home or business.

Snake had receded into a dark area in the walls of the home. The Go-Pro camera technology was used to secure its location and capture the snake for removal.

You could purchase a snake trap, but that never seems to work. What should you do? Well, like most professional services, it usually saves money in the long run to have an experienced professional do the job right the first time. Not only can a licensed and certified snake removal and control expert eliminate the rodents and snakes from your home or business, they can professionally seal your building so that wild animal can’t get back inside.


Free Onsite Inspections

It’s important to understand what attracts snakes and other wild animals. Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. will complete a free onsite inspection and recommend strategies that rodents and snakes find unacceptable. Snakes are searching for food, water and the hospitality of suitable habitat. In the meantime, how are you going to get those snakes out of your home, business, shed, garage, or outbuilding?

•It isn’t that easy to trap a snake. Even if you succeed, it’s likely that there are still a number of baby snakes living in the building. We are the experts and will do the job right for you.

•Unless you really know how to identify snakes, trapping a snake can be dangerous. You don’t want to tangle with venomous snakes such as the eastern diamondback, the eastern coral snake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake or the Florida cottonmouth.

•It’s not surprising that most snakebites occur while attempting to remove a snake from a trap or other enclosure.

•Many non-venomous snakes are protected by state or federal law. A snake removal pro has the permits to legally remove and relocate protected snake species.

Call Nuisance Wildlife Removal, Inc. professional wildlife expert when you have a problem with a snake or some other wild animal on your property. Only a snake removal pro has the expertise to remove pest snakes and permanently eliminate the environmental conditions that attracted them in the first place.

For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE in Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Sarasota or surrounding areas, please Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103. We are your expert for humane and technologically advanced nuisance wildlife trapping and removal.


Gordon Ramsey Cooks Florida Python

TV celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay went to Florida with his son in order to, “see how they are ruining the ecosystem.” While he was there, SWFTMD reports, they along with others hunted and killed 3 burmese pythons and cooked one of them with a portable stove. It was reported by officials that  this brought the total number of pythons killed by the regional governing board up to 317.  Ramsay cooked the python on site “using a portable oven.” There is no information released yet on which recipe Gordon Ramsay used. As reported in Food and Wine.

In 2013 Florida launched a contest to see who could kill the highest number of pythons. According to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, “Pythons can be humanely euthanized on private lands at any time with landowner permission and no permit is required. The FWC encourages people to remove pythons from private lands whenever possible.

Gordon Ramsey Cooks Burmese Python
Gordon Ramsey Cooks Burmese Python

Snake Myths that You may already Believe [Lakewood Ranch]

Snake Myths [Lakewood Ranch]

Would you pass a true or false quiz on snake myths?

The red beaked snake looks directly ahead. It is a venomous rear fanged snake.

True or False.  Snakes have slimy skin.

False. It is a myth. Reptiles such as snakes, are covered with scales that are dry, and they do not secrete mucous. However frogs, toads and some other amphibians do and that is why those animals are slimy, but snakes are not.

True or False. You can tell how old a rattlesnake is, by counting the number of segments in his rattle.

False. It is a myth. The reason being is that a rattlesnake gains one rattle each time it sheds its skin. Young rattlers can shed as often as every few weeks. Older ones only shed twice a year. So to assume that a rattlesnake gains one rattle each year and then never loses a rattle bump is not correct. Last, a snake does not keep hold on to all its segments their entire life. As it happens naturally, during the course of a snake’s life and travels, some of them break off, are damaged and lost.

Having snake troubles? For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103.

True or False. Every snake has fangs.

False. It is a myth. Every snake has teeth however only venomous snakes have fangs.

True or False. If a snake’s head is cut from it’s body it can still bite.

TRUE. Did you know that more than half of rattlesnake bites happen after the head has been cut off? Yes it can even still inject venom! Herpetologists suggest that it takes between 24-36 hours before the head can no longer bite.

So how did you do? Pass or fail? If you took the time to read and learn, you win!

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

We are your experts for humane snake exclusion, trapping and removal in Lakewood Ranch and surrounding areas. For more information and a FREE INSPECTION/ESTIMATE Call 1-866-263-WILD or (941)729-2103. 



Snake Removal In Siesta Key Florida

Snake Trapping in Siesta Key FL

White and black snake with black tongue

Snake invasions can occur at any time and almost any place..

The other day, we received a call and the person on the other end said:

“I’ve got a snake under my refrigerator!”

We get these types of calls periodically.  We are very experienced with this situation and we will track and retrieve the intruder, and if it is not a poisonous species, we’ll take it to a habitat better suited for a snake than your home.

What Happens If It Is Poisonous?

If it is a poisonous variety, it will be euthanized in a quick and humane way. Florida has 45 species of snakes, and six of them are venomous. However, there are only 4 venomous species that occur naturally in the West Central FL area. Click here to review those snakes.  Like many predators, snakes can be beneficial in the elimination of unwanted vermin like rats and mice. That doesn’t mean you necessarily want them in your yard. We will gladly remove snakes from your house, yard, shed, pool, and even your attic (that is correct, snakes can climb), and we will relocate or dispose of the snakes that we catch.

Rainbow Boa Constrictor

We have a whole series to help you identify the venomous snakes in west central Florida.

Take a look at that series here.

Got Snakes?

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