Types of Snakes

Picture of a snake head

There are many different types of snakes throughout the country. While most species are harmless, homeowners should never approach or handle one of these reptiles. However, identifying colors and patterns can help residents know if they have a dangerous snake in the yard.

Common Harmless Snakes

Most species belong to this group and are not venomous. Homeowners often encounter species like garter, rat, and water snakes around homes, ponds, and hiking trails. These common snakes are usually a solid color or have simple patterns for camouflage.

Venomous Snakes

Species in this group are the most dangerous type of snakes. When the pests bite, they inject venom that is toxic to humans. Different types of snake bites may result in diverse side effects. While homeowners can try to identify the pest’s species, anyone with a snake bite should seek medical attention right away.

Dangerous snakes typically have triangular heads, slim necks, varied coloring, and complex scale patterns. A few of the most common species are copperheads, cottonmouths, and several varieties of rattlesnakes.


Most types of snakes found in the U.S. cause little harm when they make their way into yards and homes. The pests typically bite in self-defense, which is why most snake-related injuries occur when people attempt to handle these reptiles.

Snakes do not cause damage to homes. However, when in search of prey, they will enter houses through holes created by rodents and other animals. The presence of snakes often indicates another pest problem.


Because the pests feed on rats and mice, snake control often involves rodent removal as well. Fixing gaps under doors and holes in siding will also block potential entrances into homes.

Homeowners worried about the different types of snakes around their property can contact pest experts for help. Trutech has solutions to control dangerous snakes and keep the pests from returning.