How To Get Rid Of Snakes

Animal Guide: How to Get Rid of Snakes

If you have a garden or live in an area surrounded by nature, chances are you may meet different unwanted guests and have to work out how to get rid of snakes. This little guide will help you to learn more about snakes, learn how to handle them and how to react when confronted with a venomous kind.

What We Know

Snakes can adapt their body temperature according to the season, thus spend their time in different locations depending on the temperature. They spend the winter in places where they are protected from frost. Between February and October is their active phase, and particularly in warm and humid weather is when they appear. If you suspect a snake around your garden, this is the time to look out for them!

The easiest way to get rid of snakes - as funny as this sounds- is to chase them away. They react very sensitively to quick and hectic movements, and they usually escape. They are also very alert to vibrations, so that they are usually scared off by footsteps or pounding noises on the ground. It is important to know that snakes do not have ears, and they are actually deaf. Thus, noise is not an effective way to get rid of snakes, but it primarily movements and vibration that scares them away.

It is very important to know that snakes are very fearful animals, and they would never attack a human being unless they are forced to. Thus, if you start attacking the snake or try to grab it, that is when it might fight back. If you see a snake that is not moving - beware! It is not necessarily a sign indicating that it is dead. The snake may be sleeping or is pretending to be dead so that you will not attack it. Especially when you are dealing with a venomous snake, do not try to pick a still snake up.

A snake that comes close to humans is not there to attack. They know instinctually that humans are stronger, and they would not try to attack thinking that they could win the battle. You may laugh, but especially male snakes that are searching a female during pairing season are very excited and distracted, and may not notice that they are in somebody's garden near to humans. And who could blame the poor fellas?


If you encounter snakes in your garden or even inside the house, you should check for little holes or cracks in the wall. This is where they come through, and they can fit through the tiniest openings. The only solution here is to fill those cracks and stuff the holes which will make it impossible for snakes to enter.

What You Can Do to Avoid Bites

One of the most obvious things is certainly not to walk without shoes on a terrain where you may encounter snakes. Especially if you know you are in a field or area where snakes are often seen, take firm steps so that snakes are scared away. Very important for the safety of your children is to explain the danger to them and keep them away from snakes at all times. Explain what kind of behavior they must apply when they see a snake, and do not encourage them to touch one.


Again, the most important thing is not to attack the snake. You must give it a chance to escape, leave a good 6 feet between you and the snake when scaring it off. If you get too close it will feel threatened and bite.

If you experience snakes in your garden and you do not have a wall you must trim your lawn very short and get rid of bushes. Snakes can also hide in bunches of wood and bricks, so avoid leaving things around. If snakes come back over and over, or you have one in your house that you cannot get rid of, call the local fire department or gamekeeper.