Black Snakes in Virginia?

Are black snakes harmful?

The black snake is not venomous and most species aren’t known to be aggressive, but if they feel threatened, they will bite. Rat snakes are excellent swimmers, so their first choice is to flee.

What snakes are completely black?

If you’ve got black snakes around your house, chances are they’re one of two types: North American rat snakes or black racers. Both are nonvenomous, with white or grayish bellies, and eat mostly rodents and other small animals.

Is it illegal to kill a black snake in Virginia?

It’s illegal to kill a snake in Virginia unless it poses a safety threat — say, there’s a copperhead in your garden — or threatens your livestock — say, a black snake gets in your chicken coop. Illegally killing a snake is a Class 2 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail.

What attracts black snakes to your house?

Mice..Leaf piles..Landscaping rocks..Dense shrubbery..Gaps in your home’s foundation..Bird baths.