Snakes are very common wildlife here in Georgia. We have at least 40 species confirmed to live in the state. They're also among the more misunderstood of our Georgia wildlife.
Snakes are reptiles and belong to the order Serpentes, or serpents. Like all reptiles, snakes are cold-blooded, which means they have little ability to regulate their body temperatures.
In general, snakes are overwhelmingly beneficial because they're carnivores; and rodents like rats and mice are among their favorite foods. Snakes in your garden are almost certainly doing you more good than harm by dining on rodents and insects that eat or infest your crops.
Our Georgia snakes, like Georgians in general, also tend to be very polite. None of the species of snakes in Georgia will attack a human unless they feel threatened or are stepped on.
Of all the species of snakes we have in Georgia, only six are venomous ("poisonous"):
All the rest of our Georgia snakes are non-venomous. But unless you're a snake expert, any snake bite should be treated as a medical emergency unless you're absolutely certain that the snake is not venomous.
Despite their overwhelmingly beneficial nature, there are times when snakes have to be removed from someplace where they don't belong. Some examples include:
After snakes have been removed from a home or building, it needs to be made animal-proof to keep snakes and other wildlife out.
Please contact us for more information about snake control or any of our high-quality wildlife management services.