Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta
Black Snake Facts
Black snakes are found throughout the eastern and central United States, as well as parts of Canada. Black snake mating occurs between May and June. In captivity, it is possible for these snakes to live up to 34 years. As the name implies, these snakes feed on rodents like rats and mice. However, they will also eat lizards and frogs when they are young, and even birds. Once they attack their prey, they strangle them, and then swallow food whole
Black Snake Bites
The black snake is not venomous and most species aren’t known to be aggressive, but if they feel threatened, they will bite. Rat snakes are excellent swimmers, so their first choice is to flee. Usually their size is the most intimidating feature, not their bite, as some can reach 8ft in length.
Black Snake Infestation
Unless there are many snakes nesting together, you probably won’t need to take any action against these creatures. If you want them to leave you and your cows alone in the barn, it will help to remove their food sources--namely rodents. This would mean sealing any entry points into the structure and keeping grains stored where mice and rats can’t access them. However, this snake will actually take care of this for you, so consider keeping it around.
If you just want to remove this snake, wearing heavy gloves to pick it up and put it in a cloth bag is the easiest way to get rid of them. Once you’ve caught the snake, release it into a similar location where it won’t be a bother to anyone.
If your barn has rats or mice, you might see this snake slithering through some hay bales. Cool weather will send the Black Rat Snake on top of heating ducts to warm up. You’ll also find large amounts of shedded skin around 2ft in length.
Black Snake Identification
Black snake bodies are black, with the exception of a white chin, scaled, and can measure anywhere between 42 to 72 inches long.
Black Snakes In The Garden & The House
The problems these snakes cause are minimal, if any. They are normally very passive creatures, shying away from danger and confrontation. If they do feel threatened, they normally freeze to avoid conflict. However, they may try to protect themselves, in which case they will rattle their tails, strike at their attacker, and produce a stinky musk to ward of the predator.
These rodent wranglers live at all elevations from sea level to mountaintops. If you’re home is situated on a rocky hill or near farmland, it’s possible to sneak a peek at the Black Rat Snake. Anywhere rodents can hide, like barns or sheds, this snake will potentially be creeping about.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are black snakes poisonous?
These are actually very helpful to farmers because they feed on rodents and other animals that may cause damage to grain and other crops. You might want to consider keeping them around if you believe you have a mouse problem or need to control other pests.
Benefits of Professional Black Snake Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a black snake problem. Finding and treating the black snakes can be challenging, especially if they are spread throughout your yard. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the black snake infestation.