Posted on: June 9, 2017

Garter Snakes Reported in Town!

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Garter Snake Information & Fact

While the Village does not take any direct action regarding these harmless (they are not venomous) pests we are happy to offer some free advice from the pest control experts we work with regularly. Mainly the easiest thing to do is just to leave them alone and they will almost always just go away fairly soon. It is worth noting that they serve a useful purpose in eating bugs and small rodents (mice) that we could all use less of. If you are especially troubled by the garter snakes or have an unusual number the best course is to buy some glue boards to trap the snakes where they can then be quickly disposed of.

Basic Information on Garter Snakes:

Many people mistakenly refer to these snakes as "Garden Snakes", because the name sounds so similar to Garter Snake. Garter Snakes are very common, with a broad range covering most of the United States, especially the populated areas. The most easily defining feature is a stripe along the spine, for the entire length of the snake. Are garter snakes venomous or dangerous? No. They are totally harmless. Like most snakes, they may defend themselves if threatened, and strike, but this will rarely result in any injury - maybe just a light scratch and bleeding from their tiny teeth. If in doubt, just leave the snake alone. But no, garter snakes are not poisonous.

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