Oklahoma City is home to various species of snakes, many of them nonvenomous such as racers, rat snakes, and king snakes. However, many are incredibly venomous such as the copperhead, cottonmouth, and rattlesnake. Some snakes are very difficult to differentiate from one another because of their similarities, which is why you should always be cautious when coming in contact with a snake.
- Cold-blooded. Snakes are ectotherms (cold-blooded animals). Unlike mammals who rely on cellular metabolism to maintain their temperatures, snakes obtain their heat from external sources, like the sun.
- A snakes scales cover their body and keep water in to prevent them from dehydrating, allowing them to thrive in regions such as deserts.
- Directly related to their growth, snakes simultaneously shed their outer layer of skin every so often.
- Sexual dimorphism. It’s challenging to tell female snakes apart from male snakes because all of their reproductive organs are internal.
- Snakes continue to grow throughout their life.
- Snakes feed on a variety of prey such as mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, and fish, killing their victim by venom or constriction and eating them whole.
Signs of a Snake Problem
Snakes usually come on your property or inside your home in search of food. The best way of knowing you have a snake problem is by either seeing them or finding the shed skin they have left. Snakes can shed up to eight times a year depending on their age and the climate they live in.
How to Get Rid of Snakes
If you’re finding snakes around your home or business, do not try and handle them yourself or attempt to kill them. Snakes are beneficial to our environment, and it’s essential they are properly removed. Call Critter Control of Oklahoma City at 469.805.6267 or contact us on the web.
We will take care of any snake issues as well as help prevent them from returning by eliminating rodents or insects that may be attracting snakes onto your property. We will also use safe exclusion techniques to block any potential entry points for snakes, making it more difficult for them to come and go.