Banded water snakes are nonvenomous snakes that are commonly mistaken for cottonmouth snakes. These snakes have heavy bodies with both dark markings and lighter-colored scales. Banded water snakes can grow up to three feet long and have broad, flat heads, which is another characteristic that gets them mixed up with cottonmouth snakes so often.
Banded Water Snake Behaviors
As their name suggests, these snakes prefer to live in or near water—they are even known to be one of the strongest swimmers out of all types of snakes. It’s important to note they are typically found in freshwater sources, including lakes and ponds. While they aren’t aggressive, banded water snakes aren’t particularly friendly and will avoid contact with humans at all costs. When threatened, they may release an unpleasant odor or even bite; although their bite is not venomous it can still be quite painful.
Preventing Banded Water Snakes from Returning to Your Property
Attempting to remove snakes from your property without the help of professionals can be a very costly mistake. Of course, one of the biggest dangers is that the snake will be venomous, and you or someone else could be bitten during the process. Even in Richmond and Northern Virginia, venomous snakes are fairly rare, but they are present and a pest control expert will be able to correctly identify the species and implement the correct trapping and removal techniques.
There are additional problems that could arise even if you do successfully trap and remove the snake. The appearance of one snake on your property could be a sign that you have a nest elsewhere. The banded water snake removal specialists at Ehrlich Pest Control can find and eliminate the larger snake problem.
After addressing any existing snake problems within your residential or commercial property, our pest control team will help you to prevent future snake problems. This includes identifying and sealing any areas around your building where snakes could enter and create a nest. We will also provide you with tips that will make your surrounding property less attractive to snakes and other common Northern Virginia pests.
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