Brown Snakes in Louisiana
As their name implies, North American brown snakes are brown in color and have rows of dark spots and stripes down their backs. They are on the smaller side, growing to a maximum size of not more than 21 inches long. Brown snakes are often confused for copperheads, which is a much more dangerous snake and why so many brown snakes are killed when seen in suburban areas. Brown snakes are non-venomous and not particularly dangerous to humans.
Brown Snakes Habitat
Brown snakes are common in residential areas. Unlike most snakes that like to spend time under rocks and stones, brown snakes actually prefer hiding under trash piles. At nighttime, they will venture out to look for food like slugs, snails, worms, grubs, and beetles. Because they’re small, birds of prey and larger snakes hunt brown snakes.
Brown Snakes Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers
The brown snake is harmless to humans, but it is easily mistaken for the copperhead, which is venomous and can be quite dangerous. The best way to tell if it’s a brown snake or copperhead is that brown snakes lack the classic hourglass pattern that copperheads have.
They can be beneficial in gardens as they feed on soft-bodied invertebrates such as slugs and earthworms. If you are having an issue with brown snakes on your property, give the wildlife control experts at Ja-Roy a call today.
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