Common Garter Snake


Actual Size: 2 feet-4.5 feet long

Characteristics: Most have yellow stripes on a black, brown or green background.


  • Garter snakes have mildly-venomous saliva, toxic to amphibians or other small animals.
  • They can bite humans, but their saliva typically only causes mild burning or itching.

Common Garter Snake in SE Louisiana and Mississippi

It can be very difficult to realize that you have a common garter snake, or 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.

Preventing Common Garter Snakes 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 Presto-X “Formerly Fischer” 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.