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Since snakes are adaptable to multiple climates and regions, they can be categorized as ground-dwelling or arboreal and as venomous or non-venomous. Arboreal, or tree, snakes are generally more active and smaller than their ground-dwelling counterparts, which are heavy-bodied and sedentary. Due to the irregular feeding patterns and infrequent defecation of both varieties, finding snake droppings is rarely the easiest way to confirm an infestation. Still, homeowners with snake problems may find some waste left by these pests.
Snake droppings are tubular and cord-like, but may have a pinched, irregular surface. They are dark in color with pale, whitish streaks of dried urine. Many people initially mistake snake droppings for bird waste, since they have a similar appearance. The presence of snakes in yards is not likely to produce a large amount of excrement. Not only are droppings small in size, but certain species can retain fecal matter for months. As a result, even well-fed snakes may not leave much waste behind.
The best way for homeowners to deal with these pests is to seek professional help. If a snake feels threatened, it will attack. Their venom can be quite dangerous, even lethal, and bites require immediate medical attention. Additionally, snake droppings carry Salmonella bacteria, which can cause illness in humans. Enlisting the help of Trutech experts is the best way to avoid expensive medical bills, painful injuries, and possible disease due to mishandling snakes.