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Animal Control Management are experts in snake removal and humane trapping. Is that a poisonous snake in your yard? It’s often difficult to know if it’s a venomous snake or not. Even if it is the best thing to do is leave the snake alone. Most snakes are not aggressive and only want to get away from you. But, if a snake feels threatened then they will defend themselves.

Have a snake in your garage or inside your pool enclosure? Contact us now to have one our Florida Snake Removal Experts come out and remove the snake.

Most people dread snakes – any sign of them can send people into a panic. The vast majority of snakes we deal with are non-venomous, however care must be taken during the occasional encounter with a venomous snake. The most common indicator that you have a snake problem is seeing the snake; however shed skin can also be an indicator.

Certain species will often enter the attic or crawlspace of someone who is experiencing a rodent problem taking advantage of your misfortune. Snakes and rats go hand in hand. If you fall into the category, like most in Florida, of not knowing a venomous snake from a non-venomous snake, it’s best to call an expert to take care of the problem. All snakes in the Florida ecosystem have their place; however, that place should not be in your garage or in your home.

Eastern Coral Snake

Call ACM for Eastern Coral Snake removal. A bite from the notoriously venomous eastern coral snake at first seems anticlimactic. There is little or no pain or swelling at the site of the bite, and other symptoms can be delayed for 12 hours. However, if untreated by antivenin, the neurotoxin begins to disrupt the connections between the brain and the muscles, causing slurred speech, double vision, and muscular paralysis, eventually ending in respiratory or cardiac failure.

Milk Snake

Coral snakes in North America are most notable for their red, yellow/white, and black colored banding.

This iconic snake, with its bulbous head and red, yellow, and black bands, is famous as much for its potent venom as for the many rhymes—”Red and yellow, kill a fellow; red and black, friend of Jack”—penned to distinguish it from similarly patterned, nonvenomous copycats, such as the scarlet king snake.

Coral snakes are extremely reclusive and generally bite humans only when handled or stepped on. They must literally chew on their victim to inject their venom fully, so most bites to humans don’t result in death. In fact, no deaths from coral snake bites have been reported in the U.S. since an antivenin was released in 1967. Eastern coral snakes are relatives of the cobra, mamba, and sea snake. They live in the wooded, sandy, and marshy areas of the southeastern United States, and spend most of their lives burrowed underground or in leaf piles.

They eat lizards, frogs, and smaller snakes, including other coral snakes. Baby snakes emerge from their eggs 7 inches (17.8 centimeters) long and fully venomous. Adults reach about 2 feet (0.6 meters) in length. Average lifespan in the wild is unknown, but they can live up to seven years in captivity.

Southern Copperhead

Southern Copperhead snake removal is not something an amateur should try to do. In the eastern range of the United States, venomous copperheads are commonplace in the spring, summer and fall. The broad-banded species – like this snake, pictured – have dark, reddish brown cross bands that wrap around its body, a triangular-shaped head, heavy body, and tail tips with a grayish-green or even turquoise hue.

As pit vipers, copperheads have small holes (called loreal pits) on their heads. These special sensors detect the body heat of other animals. Copperheads are generally opportunistic hunters, patiently waiting for the perfect moment to ambush prey like lizards, frogs and birds, but they will also forage for quarry. Young copperheads have brightly-colored tail tips, which they wiggle like a caterpillar to lure prey into their strike zone. These pit vipers then swallow prey whole and head-first, even while they wiggle with life.

Although copperheads are active hunters in their range, they have their own share of predators to worry about, including king snakes, milk snakes, racers, hawks, opossums.While copperheads are sometimes found living near human settlements, bites are rare, usually occurring due to improper handling or accidental contact. These pit vipers prefer to escape than strike, but will bite if cornered or threatened. Symptoms from a copperhead bite can include swelling, weakness, vomiting and breathing difficulty.

Florida Water Moccasin

The water moccasin, North America’s only venomous water snake, has a distinctive blocky, triangular head; a thick body; and a dangerous bite. Water moccasins rarely bite humans, however, and only attack when threatened. They are semiaquatic, so they’re happy both swimming in water and basking on land in their native range in the southeastern United States.

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake Snake Removal

The Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake is the most common venomous snake in Florida, and is responsible for more human snakebites than any other snake. It is found throughout the state. Also known as the ground rattler, the snake is grey in color with black blotches all over its body, including the underside. There is a series of nearly circular black markings on the middle of the back, with a dotted brick-red to orange line running right down the center of the back, between each black blotch.

These snakes only attain a length of 2½ feet, but average around a foot in length. Their small size and moderately mild venom keeps them from being a serious threat to human life, but the bite is still extremely painful. Despite their diminutive size, every Dusky you meet or have yet to meet will act like it was 12 feet long and ready to take on anything. If you give the snake half of an opportunity to bite you, it will happen. Don’t count on hearing the rattle, as it is very slender and does not produce much noise. They are active both day and night. Their diet includes lizards, amphibians, and rodents. In most areas, they prey upon the first two items, which being lower in protein than rodents, is probably the reason most do not exceed 18 inches in length. In a captive situation, or where in residence in an agricultural area where rodents are readily available, they will grow bigger.

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Snake Removal

The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake is the largest rattlesnake in the world. It is, therefore, at least potentially, one of the most dangerous animals in North America. While averaging 3 to 6 feet, they have been known to hit 8 feet even. Stories of rattlesnakes, both from here in Florida, and in Texas, of much greater length are extremely difficult to substantiate. Diamondbacks do have a proclivity toward shrinking as they get closer to a tape measure. Eyewitness accounts and length estimates are often very inaccurate, probably due to the amount of adrenaline involved.

Reacting to a Rattlesnake

If you should hear a rattlesnake, freeze, then determine exactly where the sound emanates from, then draw a mental line from that point, through your body, turn around and follow that line. Left unmolested, the animal will not bite, and will eventually crawl off to a less crowded area.

The diamondback snake in Florida emerges between August and November, coinciding with the breeding season. At birth, it measures between 11″ to 16″ in length and possesses enough venom for a lethal bite to a grown man. After birth, the young congregate for several days and are vigorously protected by the mother. They primarily prey on warm-blooded animals, relying on heat-sensitive facial pits for detection. Juveniles target mice and young rats before moving on to larger prey such as rats, ground-dwelling birds, and rabbits. They also actively hunt squirrels by waiting at the base of trees, scanning upwards. These snakes are mainly diurnal or crepuscular, with rare activity at night.

They inhabit high, dry areas, posing challenges for human residents. Prime habitats include slash pine/palmetto, longleaf pine/turkey oak, and sand pine/rosemary scrub. The presence of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in the area boosts the likelihood of diamondback presence, as they seek refuge in tortoise burrows. Moreover, the rattles consist of very thin material prone to breaking..


The eastern diamondback rattlesnake does not live in close proximity to man for extended periods of time. When an area is cleared for construction, the animals either leave or are slain. Bearing this in mind, the next time you see one of these impressive, nearly awe inspiring snakes, ask yourself whether it is in your back yard, or if you are in its. If it is indeed you who are the trespasser, there’s no real need to kill that critter. They do help to keep rodents and rabbits in check, and they are seldom a real danger to people.

Timber Rattlesnake Snake Removal

The more proper name for the Canebrake Rattlesnake, now, is the Timber Rattlesnake. This is a large rattlesnake, up to 6 feet, averaging around 4 feet. Ground color is from pale grayish brown to pinkish buff. The pattern consists of dark brown to black V-shaped cross bands, with a russet stripe down the center line of the back. They also have a broad, dark stripe angling back from the eye. The tail is a velvety black.

Venom toxicity varies greatly not only from species to species, but from populations within the same species as well. Canebrake rattlesnakes in this state have the potential to have an even more virulent venom than the eastern diamondback’s, and should, therefore, be treated with the utmost of caution and respect.

Their habitat includes lowland areas such as edges of marshes and swamps, where they prey primarily on rodents.If you are experiencing problems with snakes around your home or business, we can help. Florida ACM will safely remove any snake from your home and property.Many people refer to the dangerous serpents as “poisonous snakes”.

Venomous creatures include snakes, scorpions, spiders, certain fish, and bees. Poisonous organisms include many amphibians and numerous plants. Avoid ineffective snake control products like mothballs or repellents. Instead, enlist a professional snake exterminator for trapping, removal, and thorough property inspection. Given Florida’s invasive species, leave snake handling to experts. Don’t waste resources on snake repellents; professional intervention is essential whether dealing with indoor or outdoor snake issues. Viewing snake-catching videos won’t make you an expert; snake bites are both painful and costly.

Call our Emergency Snake Removal Hotline at (386) 235-2175 and we’ll dispatch a snake trapper to take care of your snake problem.

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