Snakes can be scary creatures, especially when you find them in your pond or lake! It’s a known fact that you can find snakes anywhere in North and South Carolina. In Charlotte, Greenville, and Asheville, there are a lot of different snake species.
But don’t let that scare you, only a few of those species are venomous to humans! The other species can still be a nuisance by eating your fish. So which snakes are venomous and which ones are not? Let’s find out.
First, there are True Water Snakes. They include Midland water snakes, banded water snakes, brown water snakes, and red-bellied water snakes. Next are the Queen, Crayfish and Swamp snakes. They look scary, but they are usually harmless.
Then we have Garter and Ribbon Snakes.You will typically find these around your pond instead of in your pond because they aren’t as aquatic as water snakes. Finally, we have Mud and Rainbow snakes. They like to prey on amphibians and freshwater eels.
Now, the snakes you want to look out for are Western Diamond Rattlesnakes, timber rattlesnakes, Pygmy rattlesnakes, cottonmouth moccasins, and copperheads. They like to live near trees and brush. The good news is that they only tend to bite humans when they are stepped on or when they are being handled (and/or provoked).
Don’t want snakes in or near your pond or lake? There are professionals that can help! If you are looking for ways to prevent them from choosing your pond or lake as a home or if you want to help to get rid of them, there are a few steps you can take to help keep them out.
- Mow your grass
- Get rid of rodents
- Maintain your property
- Trim shrubs and bushes
- Eliminate hiding places
- Get control of insects with a dragonfly habitat
- Hire a pond management consultant
Taking care of your lake or pond is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. As your local pond management professionals, we’ve been there. Let us help guide you as a member to protect, plan, and preserve your pond or lake if you live in the Charlotte NC, Asheville NC, and Greenville SC areas.
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