Tennessee Snake Removal

Active Wildlife Removal specializes in Greater Nashville and Tennessee snake removal.

A Popular Habitat

Here in Tennessee, our mild climate makes us a popular home for many species of snakes; 34 snake species, to be exact. Most of these are non-venomous, with the exception of four dangerous species of venomous snakes. These include the Copperhead, the Cottonmouth, the Timber Rattlesnake and the Pygmy Rattlesnake. Of course, a snake does not need to be venomous for its presence in your yard – or worse, in your home – to be unwanted. But many people are unaware that it is illegal within the state of Tennessee to:

“Harm, kill, remove from the wild, or possess native snakes taken from the wild without the proper permits.”

Fast, Effective & Legal

At Active Wildlife Removal, we specialize in fast, effective and legal snake removal. Our expert team of wildlife removal specialists have all the training and certification mandated by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) to handle your snake removal problem. Snakes are most active during warmer weather, and incidentally, so are people. That means the number of snakebite incidents is highest throughout the months of April through October. Here’s a bit more information about identifying Tennessee’s four most dangerous snake species; all of which happen to be venomous Pit Vipers:

Identifying Tennessee’s Most Dangerous Snakes

    Found throughout the entire state, Copperheads are a heavy-bodied snake of generally 2 to 3 feet in length. They have a triangular, copper-colored head bearing vertical pupils. Their brown, hourglass-shaped body markings are relatively distinctive, slightly resembling their poisonous Tennessee counterparts, the Pygmy and Timber Rattlesnakes, however, their markings tend to bear a much darker brown/black coloration. Young Copperhead Snakes are set apart by their bright yellow tails.
  • THE WESTERN COTTONMOUTH (aka “The Water Mocassin”)
    The Cottonmouth is found predominantly in the westernmost third of the state. The shape of the head and pupils are similar to the Copperhead and the Pygmy and Timber Rattlesnakes. They differ from the Copperhead in color, length and markings. Most Cottonmouths are a bit longer, ranging from 2 ½ to 3 ½ feet long. They are a dark olive to black color, with dark crossbands that may or may not be visible, and a tan/gray belly with darker patches. Youth are also distinguished by a yellow-tipped tail, and bolder crossband coloration.
    This Rattlesnake species is found in the western and southern rim counties of Tennessee. It is the smallest of the 4 venomous snakes, at just 1 ¼ to 1 ⅔ feet in length, a thin tail, and a tiny rattle at the end. Its tan/gray color is usually distinguished by an orange-brown stripe down the center. Other markings include dark, disc-shaped patches along the back and sides, paler markings on the belly, and yellow tipped tails upon their young.
    Ranging from 3 to 5 feet in length, the Timber Rattlesnake is the largest of Tennessee’s venomous snakes, and not surprisingly, is the most dangerous. It is found throughout the state. Colours vary between yellow, taupe, brown and pink, but is most commonly grey with a blackened tail and a taupe/grey rattled tip. The body is marked with strong, hourglass-shaped patches in black and brown, with a much paler, speckled belly.

Get Professional Help

If you encounter an unidentified snake, it is always best to assume that it is venomous and proceed with extreme caution. Remember, according to state law, it is illegal to harm, kill or capture snakes without proper permits. When it comes to Tennessee snake removal issues, always contact a trained wildlife removal specialist. Just give us a call at Active Wildlife Removal, and a member from our experienced, professional wildlife removal team will be happy to identify and quickly remove the snake for you.


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