Snake Handling

Identification | Biology | Damage ID | Management | Handling



Relocation is appropriate when snakes are being rescued or when exclusion likely will prevent their return.  


Translocation is not recommended, as snakes likely will& lose access to their hibernaculum and habitat needed for survival. In addition, translocation increases the risk of transmission of diseases among populations of snakes. Translocation is illegal in many states without a permit. Consult a professional herpetologist for additional information on how to remove live snakes. 


Carbon dioxide is an effective method of euthanizing snakes. Cervical decapitation also is permitted. Use caution with venomous snakes as the venom remains viable following death.  


Check your local and state regulations regarding disposal of carcasses.