What Kind of Venomous Snakes Live in Feasterville, PA? Snake Removal Services & More
If you suffer from Ophidiophobia, you’re not alone. According to National Geographic, nearly 5% of the world’s population admit to having a healthy fear of snakes! The thought of a snake slithering afoot is enough to give most people the heebie jeebies. Pennsylvania is home to 21 species of snakes according to the official list of snakes of Pennsylvania. Rest assured knowing that most of them are harmless and serve a rather vital role in our ecosystem by keeping the rodent population under control. It’s wise to know which snakes you can leave be and which ones should not be approached by a civilian. Venomous snakes should be removed by a professional as they can pose a danger to your family and pets. Pest Control Technicians will be discussing the three venomous snakes found in Pennsylvania today.
Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus Horridus)
This species of venomous pit viper is found in an abundance of locations in the eastern part of The United States. Here in Pennsylvania, it is the most commonly encountered venomous snake. They grow to be 3-5 feet in length, are heavy-bodied and have a light (yellowish-brown/grayish) and dark (dark brown/black) V-shaped or M-shaped patterning down the length of their bodies. Their tails are a dark, solid brown to black. Their heads make them easily identifiable as they are large, triangular and flat. As with other venomous snakes, the Timber Rattler’s pupils are vertically elliptical. This snake is commonly found in forests along rock formations, crevices and ledges. Good news for Philadelphia, this snake is not found near the big city, so there is little to fear here. Their diet mainly consists of small mammals, other reptiles or birds.
Northern Copperhead (Agkistrodon Contortrix Mokasen)
Growing to an average length of 2-4 feet long and sporting a copper or reddish-brown coloring with darker brown to red-brown hourglass shaped bands on their bodies, that are thick around the sides and thinner along the back. Their heads are triangular, flat and large with vertically elliptical pupils. Young copperheads AKA Neonates are not as boldly colored as the adults and sport a yellow tipped tail. The feared northern copperhead snake may become aggressive if cornered or disturbed. When the northern copperhead becomes alarmed, they sometimes vibrate their tail like a rattle snake, but it does not have a rattle on the end of its tail. If left alone, these snakes are typically lazy and prefer to lie motionless when encountered. They are most commonly seen near rocky wooded hillsides, deciduous forests, farmlands, wooded wetlands and fields. Their diet mainly consists of small mammals such as rodents, other reptiles, birds, amphibians and insects.
Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake (Sistrurus Catenatus)
In the family of pit vipers, it is rare to actually find one of these as they are on an endangered species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This thick bodied, small snake grows to be a mere 24-30 inches in length. Their color pattern is a grey or tan camouflaged coloring on the body with a row of large, round brownish-black spots down their bodies. They have heat sensing pits on the sides of their heads as well. Depending on the season, they are found in various locations such as shallow wetlands, grasslands or agricultural areas. Their diet consists of small vertebrates including lizards, other snakes, small mammals or even the occasional insect.
Pest Control Technicians is experienced in the art of removing snakes without causing them harm. It is rare to find a venomous snake in big cities, but there are a number of non-venomous snakes that can be pests in our area. If you need assistance removing a snake from your property or need help identifying a snake, give us a call, we’re glad to be of assistance!
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