Snakes After a Storm or Flood


Many snakes, like other residents in the path of a major storm, have been displaced and left homeless. As a result, it is commonplace to find these animals seeking shelter and food in areas close to people. Some of these areas include the inside of houses, storage sheds, barns, and other buildings. Damaged structures have a higher probability of attracting snakes due to the many accessible entrances. In addition, displaced snakes may also be found under debris scattered by the storm or in debris piles created during the cleanup effort.

In South Carolina there are many more species of nonpoisonous snakes than poisonous snakes. It's important to realize that both poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes are beneficial to people through keeping rodent populations down. Since rodents are also displaced by storms, this is especially important.