Rattlesnakes are the only venomous snakes in Utah, and the Great Basin rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in northern Utah. (Go to the SNAKE ID page to see the most common snakes along the Wasatch Front.)
WHICH SNAKES ARE HARMLESS?
Look at the tail. Harmless snakes have a tapering, pointed tail. Any snake in Utah that ISN’T a rattlesnake is harmless to humans, and we recommend leaving a harmless snake in your yard for the free pest control benefits it provides. Snakes are invaluable for keeping rodent populations in check and preventing the spread of disease. With a snake around, you’ll never need dangerous traps or harmful poisons. Everyone should want a harmless snake in their yard! If you have a rattlesnake in your yard, you need to have it removed for the safety of people and pets.
WHY NOT KILL IT?
Never kill a snake. It doesn’t make sense to kill a harmless and beneficial animal — and Utah law makes it illegal to kill native reptiles — including rattlesnakes. Snakes don’t attack people and they don’t want to bite us. The best thing to do is leave them alone. Be nice to snakes and they’ll be nice to you!
FREE PEST CONTROL!
While most snakes eat rodents, some species eat caterpillars, slugs and other pests that want to devour your garden! If you have a snake in your yard, chances are it’s harmless and doing you a huge favor by providing free pest control.
HERE ARE SOME THINGS YOU CAN DO:
- If you have a harmless snake in your yard, please leave it there! It is the best source of free pest control you’ll ever find, and most of the time, snakes are just passing through. They often leave overnight.
- Any snake that isn’t a rattlesnake is harmless.
- If you have a rattlesnake in your yard, we will try to move it as soon as possible, but in case we can’t, there is a good chance it will leave on its own overnight, if not sooner. We will give priority to homeowners who have children and pets.
- You can convince a rattlesnake to leave your yard by spraying it with a garden hose. (Just don’t spray it into your neighbor’s yard!)
- Please don’t kill snakes. They have an important job to do, and it’s illegal.
If you have questions about snakes or need a snake identified, please call or text us at 801-599-0922. To identify the snake in your yard, please visit the snake ID tab on this site.