snakes for several reasons.
Sometimes it's the result of a
frightening experience as a child
(which is understandable, and can be
cured like the fear of dogs or
Often fear is based on a lack of
knowledge about snakes, and an
irrational fear that they may be
"poisonous." In actuality, less than
20% of all the snakes in the world
have venom that is harmful to humans.
South Florida has many species of
Most of them are non-poisonous such
as the Black
Rat, hognose and several varieties
of water snakes.
We have three species of venomous
snakes in our geographical region:
Coral Snake, Rattlesnake, and Water
Ways to prevent snakes from gaining
access into a structure:
Snakes will occasionally visit the
exterior areas of buildings in south
Florida, particularly in western
Broward and Palm Beach counties.
There are several actions a
homeowner can take to minimize snake
intrusion into their homes.
1. Keep landscape plants cut away
from the walls by leaving a buffer
zone at least 18”-24” from
2. Inspect home foundations. Make
sure all doors and thresholds are
flush and any opening for possible
snake entry points are sealed.
A Guide to Florida Snakes