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Stay Alert for Snakes
Posted on Apr 6th, 2017

With the coming of spring comes the reappearance of often feared and unwanted residents.... snakes!  We have several species of snakes that live in Anchors Landing, some of which are actually very beneficial.  I know.... "The only good snake is a dead snake!"  However I would challenge anyone with that mindset to consider the following:
  1. The presence of non-poisonous snakes decreases the available food sources that attract poisonous snakes,
  2. King snakes are not only NOT poisonous, they ACTUALLY EAT copperheads!
The key is to know which snakes to worry about and which ones are best to just leave alone.  Here is a simple way to know which snakes are dangerous in Anchor's Landing....  if it has elliptical pupils (vertical slit pupils like cat eyes) and an arrowhead shaped head, it's poisonous.  Though we have two types of poisonous snakes in this area, copperheads and rattlesnakes, the copperheads are far more common than rattlesnakes.  Here are pictures of the only two poisonous snakes we have in this area.  Note the elliptical pupils and arrowhead shaped head in both of these snakes:
 
Copperhead
   
 
Rattlesnake
 
 
 
The "Good" Snakes
 
Here are some pictures of common non-poisonous snakes that you may encounter in our area.  Remember that the presence of these snakes means that you are less likely to encounter one of their more dangerous cousins.  Note the round pupils and more slender shaped heads:
 
King Snakes (Lots of variations of these)
 
 
Black Snakes
 
 
There are many varieties of non-poisonous snakes in our community.  The key to knowing if a snake is non-poisonous in our area is to look for round pupils and a more slender head!
 
 
 
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Comment By: Elizabeth Hancock
Posted on May 3, 2017

Thanks for posting this! I really appreciate the pictures!

On a side note: The majority of snake bites occur when people try to kill the snake. If you leave it alone, it will usually leave you alone. All snakes are beneficial to our ecosystem in some way or another.

Has anyone tried the snake away stuff at Lowes? Just curious if it works.