Canebrake Rattlesnake

Actual Size: 3-5 feet long

Characteristics: Also referred to as the timber rattlesnake or the banded rattlesnake. Canebrake rattlesnakes are venomous, and the only rattlesnake populous in the northeastern part of the United States. They have a pattern of dark crossbands, often resembling V or M-shaped zig-zags, on a yellowish-born or gray background. Some variants are almost completely black.


  • Canebrake rattlesnakes prefer to live in forests, preferably with sunny, rocky knolls available.
  • They will often hibernate in dens with copperheads or black rat snakes.
  • Canebrake rattlesnakes are some of the most dangerous snakes in North America, due to their large size, fang length, and venom yield.
  • They are a relatively mild species, and have a long “warning” period before they strike.


Identifying Problems with Canebrake Rattlesnakes

It can be very difficult to realize that you have snakes on your property until the problem becomes more severe, because snakes will typically hide in confined spaces, avoiding contact with humans. We often find snakes living in crawl spaces, walls, gardens, decks and overgrown vegetation surrounding the property.

Snakes do leave behind a few signs of their presence, including shed skins. They can cause damage to structures, where they have created their nests.

The most crucial step in dealing with snakes is to identify them properly. Before attempting to remove or eliminate snakes, identification of poisonous snakes should be determined to avoid you or your loved ones from being bitten.

Eliminating and Preventing Canebrake Rattlesnakes from Returning to Your Property

Attempting to remove snakes from your property without the help of professionals can be a very costly mistake. Of course, one of the biggest dangers is that the snake will be venomous, and you or someone else could be bitten during the process. Even in Louisiana & Mississippi, venomous snakes are fairly rare, but they are present and a pest control expert will be able to correctly identify the species and implement the correct trapping and removal techniques.

There are additional problems that could arise even if you do successfully trap and remove the snake. The appearance of one snake on your property could be a sign that you have a nest elsewhere. The snake removal specialists at Fischer Environmental can find and eliminate the larger snake problem.

After addressing any existing snake problems within your residential or commercial property, our pest control team will help you to prevent future snake problems. This includes identifying and sealing any areas around your building where snakes could enter and create a nest. We will also provide you with tips that will make your surrounding property less attractive to snakes and other common Louisiana pests.