Florida Snake Facts
Florida is home to about 50 snake species, 6 of which are venomous. Venomous snakes found in Southwest Florida include the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Pygmy Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth and Coral Snake. Florida snakes are typically not aggressive and will only bite if cornered or handled. Fleeing is a snake’s most common response to being approached by a person. Identifying a snake can be difficult and venomous and nonvenomous snakes are often confused. It is always best to leave snakes alone.
Florida Snake Bites
Most snake bites happen when people try to handle or kill a snake. In fact, a snake still has reflexes after it is killed and has been known to slowly move or even bite for a short time after it has died. Snake bites should always be taken seriously. If a snake bites you, get away from the snake and immediately seek emergency medical attention. Remove any clothing or jewelry that may prevent blood circulation near the bite area and wash the wound with soap and warm water. If the bite is on an arm or leg, immobilize and make sure it is lower than your heart. Record the time of bite, symptoms and any treatment you performed so you can share the information with the emergency staff that arrives.
Identifying the snake species is not necessary for to treat the bite wound. Attempting to identify, catch or kill the snake can lead to more bites. Do not try to “suck” the venom out of the wound, ice the area or use a tourniquet, none of these methods are effective.
Florida Snake Infestation
Snakes can be scary, especially when you find one in your home or on your property. These reptiles may sneak into your home, shed or garage through existing cracks and crevices while following prey like mice and rats. Snakes will not cause any structural damage, but are frightening and pose a health risk if venomous. The best course of action is to not handle or kill the snake and call your local pest management professional. Catseye Pest Control’s Nuisance Wildlife Technicians have the tools, skills and experience necessary for identifying and removing snakes.
Types of Florida Snakes
Florida Snake Identification
Southwest Florida is home to many varieties of snakes, but the ones to keep an eye out for are the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, Pygmy Rattlesnake, Cottonmouth and Coral Snake.
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes (Crotalus adamanteus) is currently the largest species of rattlesnake. They have thick bodies with large heads. They have two light lines on their face and adults are usually 1ft to 2ft in length and are mostly recognized as a rattlesnake by their rattler at the end of their tail. They have a distinct diamond pattern extending down their bodies with a brown, or yellowish base color.
Pygmy Rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) are small ranging from 14 to 20 inches. Unlike larger species, pygmy rattlers have nine large scales on its head and have a tiny rattler that is very hard to hear. Various species of the pygmy snakes can range in color from black to brownish red, or even lavender.
The cottonmouth snake (Agkistrodon piscivorus) reach between 30 and 48 inches in length. They are marked by patterns with pale centers and darker outlines. As cottonmouths age they begin to lose their distinct patterns. Many of their backs are black, or dark olive. Their snouts are always pale with dark vertical lines near each nostril.
Florida Snakes In The Garden & The House
Florida snakes eat a variety of small prey from insects to rodents. Snakes are beneficial to the ecosystem and an excellent form of natural pest control. Snake habitats vary greatly depending on the species. Some snakes can be found living in semi-aquatic environments like wetlands and along the edges of rivers and lakes, while other prefer dry wooded areas.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are florida snakes poisonous?
There are many species of snakes in Florida, of which 6 are poisonous or venomous. the Cottonmouth, Pygmy Rattlesnake, Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, and Coral Snake are poisonous. Those species aren’t known for being aggressive and will only bite if they are scared, or being handled. It’s hard to tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous species, so it’s best to leave any snakes you stumble across alone. Snakes usually flee or hide when approached by humans. If found in your home, keep a far distance and call a professional to remove them.
Benefits of Professional Florida Snake Pest Control
A pest management professional has the education, equipment and skills necessary to effectively address a Florida snake problem. A pest management professional provides their expertise to identify the pest problem and determine the best possible solution to resolve the Florida snake infestation.