Black snakes are species of non-venomous snakes that are known to inhabit all regions of the world except for some islands. They are found in a variety of habitats, from woodlands, swamps, and grasslands to rocky hillsides and urban backyards.
Appearance and Size
Black snakes vary in size and color, depending on the species. Some are completely black, but others may have lighter markings or stripes. They also have triangular heads and pointed tails.
Most grow to be between 3 and 5 feet in length.
Black snakes are usually active during the day and usually feed on small rodents, insects, lizards, frogs, and even small birds and eggs. They are good climbers and can be found in trees or on fences.
Most of them prefer to keep to themselves and avoid humans, but they can become aggressive if provoked.
Black snakes reproduce in the spring, laying clutches of asynchronous eggs that hatch after an incubation period of two to three months. Babies are usually born in the late summer and are around 6 inches long.
Black snakes have some benefits to our environment. They help control rodent and insect populations, and some even eat venomous snakes, thus reducing the dangers of venomous snake populations.
The main danger that black snakes pose to humans is their potential to bite if they feel threatened or scared. It is important to be aware of what kind of snake you are dealing with before attempting to handle it.
If you see a black snake, it is best to leave it alone and not attempt to touch it. If you have to move it from your property, make sure you wear thick gloves to protect yourself from a bite.
For added safety, it is also recommended to call a wildlife professional for advice and assistance.
Signs of a Black Snake Infestation
Signs that you may have a black snake infestation on your property include:
- Droppings: You may find snake droppings around areas where the snakes have been.
- Slither Marks: You may find some slither marks on the property or around the area.
- Hissing Sounds: You may hear a hissing sound as the snake slithers away.
- Skin Sheds: You may find skin sheds near areas where the snakes have been.
In conclusion, black snakes are beneficial to our environment, but they can also be dangerous if provoked. If you come across one, it is best to leave it alone and call a professional for assistance.