Man’s best friend, the black snake

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 7.30.28 PMLet’s just start this blog post off with one word, Yuk!  There is nothing that creepier than a long, skinny thing slithering across the yard. Yuk!  Black snakes are good to have around, though.  They help keep the rodents away from your home and barns.  They are not venomous, but will bite if they feel threatened.

Black snakes live in fields and farmlands, and are very prevalent in Connecticut.  We are willing to bet that you have seen some around your yard at some point in your life.

As they have been known to slither into homes, it is recommended to seal off any ground-level openings around your home.  Caulk is a great product for this.  Larger openings have be bordered up or sealed with rocks, wood or other materials.  You don’t want one of these in your home!

Another good idea is to remove any brush piles or rock piles near your house.  This is a favorite sleeping spot for these snakes.

As they like dark and cool places, you should be on the lookout for them in the early mornings or in the evening.  It’s rare for them to be out in the open during the mid-day heat.

There are two types of black snakes that can be found in this area.  Black Rat Snakes are usually very slow moving and will often freeze when confronted.  If they do feel threatened, they have been known to bite so be careful!

The other common black snake is the Black Racer.  These are fast moving and if they panic they may flail around or bite.

Black snakes like to eat rodents, birds, and bird eggs.  They can climb trees, so if you don’t protect your bird houses, they can easily invade the nests.

A big myth with black snakes is that they are harmless.  While they may not kill you, their bites will surely hurt.  So while they are useful in keeping down the rodent population, if you see one, it’s best to keep them at bay.

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