Snake Education & Removal


Written by Judy

On April 14, 2022

Hello, Lake Holiday families!  Have you seen a snake in your backyard? Did your cat bring you one as a gift?  Even though Autumn brings more snake sightings, Spring provides abundant snake movement, especially neonate ratsnakes.

I will be happy to remove any snake you find on your property, if you wish to remove it, free of charge. It is ILLEGAL to kill any snake in Virginia (and many other states) unless it is an IMMEDIATE threat. My mission is to reduce the number of snakes unnecessarily killed due to misidentification or proximity to homes.

We only have two venomous species in our area of Virginia: Northern Copperheads and Timber Rattlesnakes. A majority of snakes killed are harmless Northern Watersnakes and harmless Eastern Ratsnakes. Trying to capture or kill a snake increases your likelihood of being bitten, rather than leaving it alone. Snakes are a valuable part of our ecosystem and keep down the insect and rodent population.

So text me, Yona Britto, at: 540-450-6188, or message me on Facebook. If possible, please include a picture of the snake to help me to identify it.

(Submitted by Yona Britto)

Photo: It’s Baby Snake Season! | Virginia DWR Juvenile Eastern Ratsnake
Photo: Snakes on the Water | Virginia DWR Northern Watersnake (nonvenomous)

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