Where Do Snakes Live?

Where Do Snakes Live?

Where do snakes live? Well… pretty much everywhere. Snakes can be found in virtually every locale - and in many backyards - around the world. In our neck of the woods, the following are common: eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, eastern coral snakes, Carolina pygmy rattlesnakes, northern pine snakes, and Carolina water snakes. Many species are venomous and can cause significant damage to people and pets. Now, let’s get a bit more specific: where do snakes live when they find their way onto your property?


Common Hiding Spots for Snakes

Snakes are common - and so is the fear of snakes. We don’t blame you; even encounters with non-venomous species are frightening. So be on the lookout; this is where you’ll likely spot these slithery critters:

Snake holes.

You’re more likely to come across a snake when it’s out catching some sun or hunting for food. But we need to mention snake holes as this is a pretty good sign you’ve got a problem! Snakes cannot burrow their own holes, so they take up residence in those dug by other animals. 

Additionally, they often seek shelter in the following areas:

  • Stacked firewood
  • Yard debris piles (leaves, compost, sticks, tree limbs, etc.)
  • Dense bushes and shrubbery
  • Tall grass
  • Under storage buildings and sheds

They can also slither their way into your home. Look at the following spots:

  • Rafters
  • Wall ledges
  • Near doors and window frames
  • Underneath and behind appliances (refrigerator, stove, etc.)
  • Close to water pipes
  • In dark spaces (basement, attic, etc.)

You may see snakeskins, slither tracks, and droppings (they look like bird feces but often have bits of hair and bone). Snakes are also… well, stinky, so you may notice a strong odor as well. 

Now that you know what to look for, what can you do to keep snakes off your property and out of your home?

  • Trim shrubbery and bushes
  • Remove leaf and other organic debris
  • Keep your firewood under a tarp
  • Cut the grass close to your house
  • Seal up any cracks or gaps in your foundation, around doors and windows, and around pipes and other entry points
  • Keep your yard as clean and tidy as possible

Dealing with a snake problem? Call in the experts at Rid-a-Bug. We know snakes, and we offer the area’s most responsive, reliable service. Don’t live with these slithering menaces for another second!