How To Tell If The Snake In Your Las Vegas Lawn Is Dangerous

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April 22, 2021

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There aren’t many animals on earth that evoke as much fear as snakes do. Even snakes that don’t pose any real threats are often met with hostility or apprehension by those who happen upon them. Perhaps it is their scaly appearance, or perhaps the more venomous snakes spoil it for the whole bunch. No matter what the reason may be, many people, by and large, just don’t like snakes.

Here in Las Vegas, we face both threatening and non-threatening snakes. As such, you need to know how to tell the difference between them. After all, a bite from a venomous snake should elicit a much more immediate response than a bite from a non-venomous snake. Additionally, you need to know what your snake control options are to keep all snakes off of your Las Vegas property, venomous or not.

Identifying Snakes Common To The Area

There are over 3,000 species of snakes in the world. Luckily for us here in Las Vegas, we only need to worry about a handful of them. While some of these snakes are no more threatening than other wildlife common to the area, there are a number of venomous snakes in the area that can inflict painful bites that warrant medical attention. In fact, if not treated immediately, bites from some of the snakes in the area can result in death. That’s precisely why it is so important for you to be able to tell the difference between the dangerous snakes and the not so dangerous snakes around Las Vegas. The health and safety of you or a loved one could depend on it.

Harmless Snakes

Some of the more harmless snakes in the area include night stalkers and corn snakes. Night stalkers grow anywhere from 12 to 26 inches long. They are typically pale gray, light brown, or beige in color. They also tend to have dark gray or brown blotches on their backs and sides. They have pale bellies, triangular-shaped heads, and a black or brown bar behind their eyes. Night stalkers are venomous. However, their venom is not potent enough to affect humans. Still, night stalkers will bite if they feel threatened.

Corn snakes are slender orange or brown snakes with red blotches outlined in black running down their backs. Their bellies feature distinctive rows of alternating black and white marks. They can grow anywhere from 24 to 72 inches long. Corn snakes are not venomous although they will bite if they feel threatened.

Dangerous Snakes

Dangerous snakes in the area include Mojave sidewinders, Mojave rattlesnakes, Southwestern speckled rattlesnakes, and diamondbacks. Mojave sidewinders grow between 17 and 33 inches long. They can be a pale cream color, tan, brown, pink, or grayish black. They have darker blotches on their backs and a dark stripe that extends through each eye. Sometimes called horn rattlesnakes due to horn-like raises they have above each eye. Mojave rattlesnakes can grow up to 50 inches long. They are typically tan, olive, or grayish-brown in color. They feature darker blotches running down their backs. Southwestern speckled rattlesnakes grow between 24 and 30 inches long. They generally resemble the color of the surrounding rocks and soil of the area. They can be pink, brown, gray, or yellow, and are speckled with black and white splotches. Diamondbacks, as their name might suggest, feature a diamond-like pattern running down the lengths of their backs. Their tails have white and black bands just above the rattles.

All of these snakes do have rattles that the snakes will typically shake to ward off threats. If you are bitten by any of these snakes, be sure to seek medical attention immediately as they are all considered to be dangerous.

Effective Snake Control For Your Las Vegas Property

Whether the snakes on your property are venomous or not, the best way to get rid of them is with the assistance of the professionals here at Red Rock Pest Control. Nobody wants snakes slithering around their yards, especially if those snakes are dangerous. So, don’t wait. Give us a call today and let us deal with the snakes around your Las Vegas property.