Few things in life are feared by more people than snakes. Advanced Pest and Termite can take care of snakes that have slithered into homes, yards, and offices. If you have spotted a snake, it’s important that you don’t approach it unless you are absolutely sure what kind it is and how to get rid of it. Lawton is home to venomous snakes, and we have the knowledge and experience to safely remove them from your property.

The most common snake species in Lawton are rattlesnakes, copperheads, and garter snakes. Out of these species, rattlesnakes and copperheads are the most dangerous because they are venomous. On the other hand, garter snakes (often called garden snakes) are non-venomous. Since snakes are cold-blooded animals, they come around during the summer months and go into hibernation during the colder months.

Copperhead Facts

  • Copperheads have light tan or brownish bodies with dark hourglass figures on them.
  • They can get up to 3 feet long.
  • Their venom affects the circulatory system, destroys blood cells, damages skin tissue, and causes internal hemorrhaging.
  • If one bites you, you need to get immediate medical attention.
  • There is anti-venom, but it is only used as a last resort because so many people are allergic to it.
  • Copperheads can live up to 30 years.
  • They can be found in wooded areas, among rocks, or near streams or ponds.

Rattlesnake Facts:

  • The timber rattlesnake is considered one of Oklahoma’s most dangerous snake because it has long fangs and is poisonous.
  • The best way to identify a rattlesnake is to look for a rattle at the end of its tail.
  • The rattlesnake has hemotoxic venom that destroys tissue, degenerates organs, and disrupts blood clotting.
  • A rattlesnake bite can be fatal. If one bites you, immediately seek medical attention.
  • There is anti-venom that reduces the death rate to less than 4%.
  • Most rattlesnakes are very shy and only strike at you if they feel threatened or provoked.
  • Rattlesnakes can live up to 20 years.
  • Rattlesnakes can be found in prairies, grasslands, pine woods, swamps, and forests.

Garter Snake Facts:

  • Garter snakes are not specific to one color or marking, but they all have a distinct stripe along their spines.
  • Garter snakes are non-venomous. They will bite you if they feel threatened but rarely give people injuries.
  • They like to live under large rocks or other support structures that are close to water.
  • This species is the most common snake in North America.