See a Snake in Your Yard?

1. Don’t Approach the Snake

Many snakes are nonvenomous and are helpful to your yard’s habitat. For example, in a garden, they don’t cause any damage and can help get rid of rodent and insect populations. Think the snake might be venomous? Call the Ace Wildlife Control team to effectively remove it for you. By failing to remove a dangerous snake, you leave you and your family in danger.

2. Identify Whether the Snake is Dangerous

Snakes are common across Tennessee, and there are four venomous snakes native to the state, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. They are Northern and Southern Copperheads, Timber Rattlesnakes, Western Cottonmouths and Western Pigmy Rattlesnakes.

Northern Copperhead


Appearance: Medium-sized with a triangular-shaped, copper-colored head and vertical pupils. Dark brown “hourglass” crossbands are wide on sides and narrow at the center of the back.

Typically found: Forest areas, wooded hillsides

Note: Its venom is not very potent, so fatalities from bites are rare.

Cottonmouth or Water Moccasin


Appearance: Large, 30 to 42 inches long, with vertical pupils and a triangular head. Dark olive-brown to black with dark cross bands that may not be visible. A white upper lip may be noticeable.

Typically found: Swamps, wetlands, drainage ditches, around rivers and lakes.

Note: These snakes generally try to escape if encountered and move in a random direction, sometimes toward you.

Timber Rattlesnake


Appearance: Large, 36 to 60 inches long, with a triangular head, vertical pupils, and a rattle at the end of the tail. Usually gray with a black tail, but can also be yellow, tan, brown, pink, dark brown, or black, typically with a rust-colored stripe down the back. Black chevron-shaped crossbands occur all down the body.

Typically found: Heavily wooded forests, around mountains and swamps

 These snakes look similar to cottonmouths, but come in bright colors, ranging from coppery brown to bright orange.

Pygmy Rattlesnake


Appearance: Small, 15 to 20 inches long, with vertical pupil, thin tail, and tiny rattle. The body color is gray or tan with an orangish-brown stripe and dark blotches down the body. The head has a wide, black stripe from the eye and to the corner of the mouth.

Typically found: Close to water, in flood plains, wetlands, and moist fields

Note: These are so rare, they are protected animals.

3. Contact a Snake Control Professional

The best way to remove a snake from your yard is to Call the Ace Wildlife Control team. An expert can help you remove the serpent from your property quickly and safely. We can remove snakes buried in holes throughout your property, living in hedges around your yard, and even snakes living in your garden.