Snakes may not be anyone’s favorite creature to spot in their yard, but they are fascinating reptiles and a part of Louisiana’s natural heritage. They are also important members of our local ecosystem as for every snake with a bad reputation, there are many others that help keep the balance of nature in order.
Nevertheless, many LA residents worry about snakes hiding in their backyards, underneath decks and patios or lingering in woodsy areas. Many snakes are poisonous and leave behind painful bites. That being said, the majority of snakes in LA are harmless and are actually beneficial to the ecosystem as they limit the amount of insects and rodents and contribute to the “balance of nature.”
1. Did you know that smaller snakes feed more than large ones? That’s right; small snakes will feed as much as once per day while large ones only eat once every two weeks.
2. When snakes are not searching for food, they’re relatively quiet and secret, and during the summer when the weather is warm, snakes become nocturnal.
How to Tell Poisonous from Non Poisonous Snakes
Even though snakes are an important part of the Louisiana ecosystem, they don’t get a free ticket to your home, especially because there are some breeds that are highly poisonous. An easy way to tell a poisonous snake from a non-poisonous one is by the head. Non-poisonous snakes have narrow heads, round pupils and no pit between the eyes and nostrils. Poisonous snakes have triangle-shaped heads, elliptical pupils and a pit between the eyes and nostrils. A pest control company can also do a quick evaluation of the tail to determine if the snake is poisonous.
If you do find snakes by your home, remove their habitat if possible; look for piles of wood or overgrown vegetation for example. Also be sure to seal openings to the home, garage or shed so that the snakes don’t relocate in these areas.
So, what types of snakes are common in the state of Louisiana?
- Banded Water Snake
- Black Pine Snake
- Brown Snake
- Canebrake Rattlesnake
- Common Garter Snake
- Common Water Snake
- Eastern Worm Snake
- Louisiana Pine Snake
- Pine Woods Snake
- Rough Green Snake
- Scarlet Snake
- Texas Coral Snake