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Snake Trapping, Removal and Control

Greater Birmingham, Alabama Area

A timber rattlesnake on the rear bumper of a snake removal company's truck

The timber rattlesnake is one of the venomous snakes found in Alabama.

If there's anything we have plenty of in Alabama, that would be snakes. We have more than fifty different kinds of snakes, including about a dozen venomous ("poisonous") species.

The timber rattlesnake, shown in the picture on the right, is one of the venomous snakes found in Alabama. The others are the Eastern Coral Snake; the Northern and Southern Copperheads; the Eastern, Western, and Florida Cottonmouths; and the Eastern Diamondback, Canebrake, Dusky Pygmy, Carolina Pygmy, and Western Pygmy rattlesnakes.

That being said, most snakes in Alabama are harmless, and all of them are beneficial -- even the venomous ones. They do a great job keeping the rodent population down, for example. Rodents carry diseases and destroy crops, and therefore do a lot more harm to humans than snakes do. The venom of some snake species is also used to make medicines.

So all in all, snakes are beneficial animals that deserve to be respected and protected. They play an important role in the ecosystem.

The Problem with Snakes

The problem with snakes is that some of them are venomous, which makes them dangerous to have around our homes, schools, athletic fields, recreation areas, and other places where humans live, work, and play.

A Common garter Snake, coiled on some rocks and leaves

The common garter snake, always ready and eager to help you keep your garden rodent-free

Snakes are not vicious animals. They don't bite people for the sheer joy of it, but they do take offense when we go and step on them, which is easy to do because they spend so much time slithering around on the ground. Snakes also will strike if a human accidentally puts their hand too close to them, which is also easy to do. For example, a child reaching into some tall grass to retrieve a ball might be bitten if there's a snake in the grass.

To make matters worse, many snake species have similar appearances, making it difficult for the untrained eye to tell them apart. Many innocent, harmless snakes have lost their lives because of mistaken identity: They happened to look like a venomous specie, so someone went ahead and lopped their heads off.

Even the completely harmless and enormously helpful garter snake, which is one of the best friends a gardener can have because they help keep the rodents away, is all too often killed by people who don't know any better and who believe that all snakes are dangerous.

Finally, there are some people who simply hate snakes or are terrified of them, and who don't care whether or not they're venomous. They don't want them on their property.

Professional Snake Removal in the Birmingham, Alabama Area

There are two very good reasons why you should call a professional if you have snakes on your property.

The first reason, as we've already mentioned, is that most snakes are harmless, and even venomous snakes are beneficial when in an environment where they don't present a threat to humans, pets, or livestock. A professional snake control expert will be able to properly identify "your" snakes to avoid unnecessarily harming a snake that's just trying to help you grow your garden. And if it is necessary to remove a snake, we know how to do it humanely.

The second reason is that handling snakes is dangerous for amateurs. As we mentioned earlier, a lot of snakes have similar enough markings and coloration that non-professionals may have a hard time telling them apart, which of course puts them in danger if they try to remove snakes themselves.

The long and short of it is that if you have a snake problem, you really need to call a professional who knows how to identify and handle snakes. The wildlife management specialists at Rid-A-Critter all receive special training in the biology, identification, and handling of snakes, so please contact us instead. Snake control is not a do-it-yourself sort of job.

Snake Control Gallery

Here are pictures of some of the snake removal jobs we've done in Birmingham and throughout the Metro Birmingham area and its suburbs.

  • Copperhead snake in a bucket after being removed from a house in Birmingam

    Copperhead removed from home in Birmingham

  • Copperhead snake being held in a snare after being removed from a garage

    Copperhead snake removed from a garage

  • Baby copperhead snake coiled up inside a rain downspout with its head peeking out

    Baby copperhead snake in a rain down spout

  • Close up of a copperhead's snake head. The snake is in a snare right behind its head.

    Close-up of a copperhead snake's head

  • Rat snake skins found in an attic during a Leeds, Alabama snake control job

    Rat snake skins found in an attic in Leeds

  • Droppings found in an attic during a snake removal job in Birmingham, AL

    Snake droppings in an attic in Birmingham

  • Snake in an attic in Moody, Alabama

    Attic snake control job in Moody, Alabama

  • A snake in a garden in Hoover, AL right before being removed and relocated.

    Hoover, Alabama snake removal job

  • Snake-removal expert with a snake removed from a house in Birmingham, AL

    Birmingham, Alabama sbake removal job

  • Snake removal expert with red-bellied water snake in Mountain Brook, AL

    Red-bellied water snake caught in Mountain Brook

  • An Eastern coral snake, one of the venomous snakes found in Georgia, on the ground

    Eastern coral snake, one of our venomous snakes

  • Snake control technician with a king snake captured in Oxford, Alabama

    King snake live-trapped in Oxford, Alabama

  • A king snake in the jaws of a snare, unharmed, being removed from a property

    King snake removal by one of our technicians

  • A tiny yellow rat snake being held between a technicians thumb and finger

    Fierce rat snake removal job in Bessemer AL

  • A rubber snake on a porch support

    Rubber snake that customer thought was real

  • Copperhead snake in a Mountain Brook, Alabama garage

    Copperhead snake in a garage in Mountain Brook

  • A copperhead snake removed from a garden in Birmingham, Alabama

    Copperhead snake caught in Birmingham, AL

  • A black rat snake trapped and removed from a crawl space in Birmingham, Alabama

    Snake removed from a home in Birmingham

  • A snake skin up in the rafters found at a Birmingham, AL snake removal job

    Snake skin in an attic in Birmingham

  • Snake control expert Jason Arruda holding a tiny snake in his hand.

    Jason with a mighty snake. Don't try this at home!

  • Technician wearing a rid a critter hat and a face mask holding a gray rat snake that he removed from the crawl space of a house in Trussville Georgia

    Gray rat snake removed from a crawl in Trussville

For more information about snake removal or any of our wildlife management services, please call us today.

 

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Dec 19, 2019 01:01:20 pm.

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The Birmingham, Alabama office of Rid-A-Critter provides snake removal and control in Birmingham, Alabama and the the entire Metro Birmingham area including Anniston, Bessemer, Brighton, Chelsea, Fairfield, Heflin, Homewood, Hoover, Hueytown, Irondale, Jasper, Leeds, Midfield, Moody, Mountain Brook, Oxford, Pell City, Trussville, Valdosta, Vestavia, Warrior, and their surrounding areas.

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