The Importance of Snakes


The Importance of Snakes

Sandy Juba


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Snakes Are Beneficial To Our Ecosystem
Photo Courtesy of Darlene Durham


We live in a community where there is an abundance of wildlife. Each species has their place in nature. One of these is the snake. There are 44 species of snakes found in multiple habitats throughout Florida. Only 6 out of the 44 are venomous. They include the coral snake, southern copperhead, cottonmouth, eastern diamondback rattlesnake, timber rattlesnake, and finally the pygmy rattlesnake.

Unfortunately, many people cannot tell the difference between a venomous and non-venomous snake, and they then kill the snake. Snakes are an integral part of nature. Did you know that snakes keep in check rats and mice. Without snakes, we could be overrun with rodents that can either do crop damage or harbor diseases that can affect humans. Years ago, Orange county had a rat infestation because people had killed so many snakes. Believe it or not, our conservation lands are home to many of these critters.

Most Florida snakes are harmless. Those that are venomous really just strike if they feel threatened.  One clue on whether a striped snake is venomous or non-venomous, native Florida snakes whose stripes run the length of their body are non-poisonous snakes.

If you find a snake in your yard you would like removed, please feel free to call Sandy Juba (her number is in the TGO phone directory). We have the equipment to safely remove and relocate unwanted snakes.


TGO Nature Center – “Living in Harmony with Nature

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