At Colorado Pest Management, we understand how scary it can be to see a snake slither across your yard or landscape. While most Colorado snakes pose no risks to humans, it’s important to call a wildlife control expert if you need assistance removing one from your property.
In this blog, we’re going to take a look at some common snakes in Colorado to look out for, so you know when it’s time to call our wildlife control specialists in Denver.
Western Yellow-Bellied Racer
The Western Yellow-Bellied Racer, also known as Coluber constrictor mormon, is a snake species that can be found throughout the Western United States in states like Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, and Nevada. This snake is slender in appearance, and adults can grow to be anywhere between 20 to 75 inches long. The Western Yellow-Bellied Racer can come in a few different colors including brown, blue-grey, green, or yellowish-brown, making them somewhat difficult to recognize.
- This snake is non-poisonous and does not have venom that is dangerous to humans
- Likes to eat lizards, birds, eggs, other snakes, small mammals, turtles, and large insects
- Prefers to be in areas with ample sun exposure. You can find these snakes in meadows, grasslands, woodlands, forest openings, and high in the mountains.
Blackneck Garter Snake
Blackneck Garter Snakes are semi-aquatic, meaning you can find them slithering around streams and ponds throughout Colorado. These snakes have a dark olive brown or olive gray color with a yellow or orange stripe on the back and white stripes on the sides. They are most active during the day, and when threatened, they like to use nearby water as an escape route. They are known to release a foul-smelling odor from their anal glands when handled. Blackneck Garter Snakes are non-venomous and rarely use their teeth when they bite.
- The Blackneck Garter Snake likes to feed on amphibians, frogs, tadpoles, some fish, and worms.
- Can be found in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Utah.
- This snake has toxins in its saliva and when they bite humans it can lead to a mild reaction. Ultimately, they are not dangerous to humans.
- Can live up to 15 years.
Also known as Leptotyphlops dulcis, Blind Snakes are another common non-venomous snake that can be found throughout the Front Range. These snakes are small with opaque head scales and blunt heads. This family of snake can be mistaken for a shiny earthworm, and they are normally found buried in soil, only coming out to feed when rain floods their habitat. Blind snakes can be found throughout Central Texas, Northern New Mexico, Western Oklahoma, and Colorado.
- These snakes are harmless to humans as their mouth is too small to give off a harmful bite.
- The Blind Snake mainly feeds on termites and ant larvae.
- They are usually less than eight inches long.
Colorado Bull Snake
Don’t let its name fool you. The Colorado Bull Snake can be found from Canada to Texas to Northeast Mexico. This non-venomous snake can be found inhabiting open prairies, grassy plains, grassy meadows, or woodland areas. The Colorado Bull Snake prefers to burrow in loose, sandy soil, which is why they have an enlarged nose that is suitable for digging. They tend to be more active during the day, and an adult snake can reach up to six feet in length. The snake usually has a yellowish brown appearance, and it likes to feed on small mammals like mice, rats, and gophers.
- This snake species can live between 12 to 25 years.
- When threatened, the Colorado Bull Snake will hiss loudly and vibrate its tail. It is commonly mistaken as a rattlesnake because of this.
- These snakes may bite, but they are not venomous.
We hope this article has been helpful, and you’ve learned a thing or two about the common snakes in Colorado. If you need help removing snakes from your property, and you’re looking for a wildlife control company with years of experience, contact Colorado Pest Management today. We’ve removed thousands of snakes along the Front Range, and we have the tools and knowledge to get the job done quickly.