Springtime in Georgia is the time of year that some slithering friends begin making more appearances outside (and sometimes inside). Critter Busters of Acworth, Ga. wants you and your family to be aware of the most dangerous of these serpents before spring arrives, but not to worry, because we offer snake removal.
Georgia Snake Species
In Georgia there are actually 41 native species of snakes; a number greater than many usually realize! With so many different snake species in one place it may get a little confusing trying to tell them apart. Critter Busters can help, but we would rather teach you the most dangerous type to remember first, so you can quickly identify and get help if you come across one of these snakes.
6 Dangerous Snake Species in Georgia
Out of the 41 snake species, the following six types of snakes are extremely dangerous:
- Pigmy Rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius)- Classified as a venomous pit viper, this small snake may not seem intimidating but it is very poisonous and notably has a tiny, yellow rattle on its tail (that is too small to be heard).
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus)- Is a more well known venomous pit viper and is also the largest venomous snake in the US. Know for being highly aggressive and irritable, this snake has no predators and is used to doing what it wants.
- Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)- Is our last venomous rattlesnake on this list, but don’t let the name fool you; this snake can be found everywhere in Georgia. Some have even been known to grow up to 4.5 feet in length!
- Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix)- This species of venomous pit viper is quite aggressive; a bite to a small child or small animal is usually fatal from a full grown copperhead snake. (Let us handle snake removal for you with this one!)
- Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus)- Also know as a “Water Moccasin,” this poisonous snake prefers areas near water (creeks, lakes, swamps, etc.). A bite from this snake can kill an adult; the venom is so powerful it can actually dissolve tissue!
- Coral Snake (Micrurus fulvius)- This black, yellow and red striped coral snake is very venomous, but spends most of its time underground, masking the fact that it may be living near people.
If you are unsure of whether a venomous snake or harmless snake has come into your home or yard this spring, step away and call the experts at Critter Busters! Our snake removal experts will quickly help you, so you family can get back to enjoying the day without getting a snakebite!