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What you need to know about snakes.


Florida does have a lot of snakes and our first instinct is to assume that when we see a snake, that is it probably venomous. An extremely low percent of the snake population here in Florida are venomous. Many of the harmless species, many of which prey on the venomous snakes are killed needlessly because of the misidentification.

All snakes are defensive, scared of humans and will run from you given the chance. Most snakes are greatly beneficial to have around: their primary food sources are rats and mice. If you see a snake in your yard and are uncomfortable with them, spray them with a garden hose. The snake will take off immediately and you probably will not see them again for some time. They are not as dangerous as we are led to believe.

Many home remedies such as putting mothballs out is not only illegal but also it is ineffective. Snake – B- Gone and other questionable commercial remedies may poison the snakes but also, it will poison their natural predators as well. The Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida routinely receives a lot of sick animals such as owls, hawks, and bobcats who have eaten poison from bait traps or ineffective snake baits.

Only 6 of Florida's 44 snake species are venemous. Below is some helpful information provided by UF.IFAS Extension University of Florida with Manatee County.

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