Comprehensive Snake Poop Review: How to Identify and Dispose Of

Snake infestations are quite common for southern states. Snakes tend to look for an easy shelter, so wall cavities, foundations, and cellars frequently become their hideaways.

The rise of infestations is in winter and after floods. Even if the winter is warm in your region, snakes may invade your house to find shelter and food.

If you find that an infestation may occur in your region, you have to know about snake poop. An ability to identify may help you to detect and stop an infestation on time. My guide will help you with this.

Snake Poop: Easy Identification Guide

In this guide, I covered all the aspects that are needed for snake poop identification and secure disposal. Read it attentively to avoid making mistakes as they may expose you and your household to danger.

What does snake poop look like?

Snake scat identification is simpler than distinguishing poops of rodents. Snake droppings have a cord-like tubular shape. They can be either of even shape or have an irregular surface. The scat of most snakes is dark but has lighter streaks of urine.

People often think that they see bird feces, so we recommend having pictures of snake droppings for comparison and looking closer to see if there are hair and bones from the snake prey.

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Large snakes may leave large droppings with a lot of liquid urine. For example, python pooping is so large that it’s hard to confuse with the turds of other animals. If large snakes inhabit the area you live in, you should mind that too.

What does copperhead snake poop look like?

Copperhead snakes are venomous snakes widely spread in the US South. Unfortunately, their feces look pretty much the same as other snakes’ waste. You can only guess by the size of scat as it’s rather big.

Are snake turds dangerous?

Snakes are predators and eat frogs, mice, lizards, and other animals that are known for spreading various diseases. The most common of them is salmonella. Other known snake-transmitted diseases include cryptosporidiosis (a parasitic infection) and rarer threats.

Salmonella lives for around a week in feces, while oocysts and cysts of cryptosporidiosis can survive for many months, depending on the conditions. When turds dry, they may dust when you touch them and lead to inhaling of bacteria.

snake defecating

How to clean snake feces?

You shouldn’t garter snake feces without respective protection. It’s quite easy to inhale bacteria when you deal with dry turds as well as to transmit them by bare hands. Before cleaning the area, you should fear rubber or garden gloves, a long-sleeve top, goggles, and a face mask to prevent inhaling and protect mucous.

In addition, you should wear thick snake-proof boots that will protect your ankles from bites. Avoid stepping onto areas if you’re not sure that they’re clean and safe.

Snakes may hide in tall grass, under various debris, and structures. If you see one, don’t try to disturb or trap it with bare hands. Even if you think that you will succeed, a snake can react faster and bite you.

How to check for snake infestation?

It’s quite difficult to identify a snake infestation as signs of snake presence aren’t always evident. Unlike mice, serpents don’t leave almost any trace behind and make noise only if they fall. Even if they get into your house, they may remain stealthy for moths. Still, it’s not impossible if you know what to pay attention to.

Signs of snakes at your household include:

  • Snake skin – all snakes shed their skin when they grow. You may find dry skins near entrances into the walls of your house of other structures around the yard.
  • Tracks – slither tracks can be found in dusty areas, on sand, or mud. They’re quite easy to identificate.
  • Smell – many snakes have a strong odor, so if you notice a strange smell in the crawlspace or other rooms, you should look for snakes.
  • Scat – you already know how to identify snake scat, so start dealing with the problem when you see them.

FAQ on Snake Poop

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Here are some more questions, but with brief answers. They will help you to get a bit deeper into the topic, so don’t skip. If you have more questions, you’re welcome to ask me in the comments.

How often should Snakes poop?

Snakes poop with different regularity, depending on the type, size, and ration. For instance, rat snakes poop every 2 days, while bush vipers do it every 3-7 days. Actually, the more often snakes eat, the more often they defecate, so you never know.

How much snake poop is a sign of infestation?

Snakes defecate in different places, which makes it difficult to evaluate the size of a problem. In wildlife, snakes poop quire rarely, so don’t wait to see loads of droppings like rats and squirrels produce. If snake constipation occurs, there may be quite a lot of feces in one place.

Do snakes pee?

Yes. They have a single opening for waste expelling. It’s called a cloaca, and serpents use it to expel both poops and urine. They don’t produce a lot of liquid urine and produce urates (solid uric acid lumps) instead.

How do snakes poop?

Similarly to urination, these creeping animals use cloaca to excrete feces. It’s an opening at the end of their digestive tracts that widens when the time comes.

Where do snakes poop?

Snakes don’t really care where to poop, so droppings can be found virtually anywhere around your property. However, they usually don’t crawl high, so basements, first floors, and wall cavities are the most likely locations.

Time for Inspection

Now you know everything to inspect your property for signs of a snake infestation and can remove snake feces without health risks. Always be careful to avoid snake bites and hire professionals if you don’t have the required skills for proper snake relocation.

Have you ever faced a snake infestation before? What did you do to stop it and remove snake feces? Share your experience in the comments and ask me questions if you still have them after reading. If you’ve already found feces on your property and they don’t belong to snakes, read my guides on the poop of other pests to see what’s your enemy.

References:

  • Salmonella Questions and Answers (United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service):
    https://cybercemetery.unt.edu/archive/oilspill/20120916165143/http://www.fsis.usda.gov/PDF/Salmonella_Questions_and_Answers.pdf
  • How to Prevent or Respond to a Snake Bite (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):
    https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/snakebite.html

Nicholas Martin

I am Nicholas Martin, and I am an entomologist. I combine the insect survey work with the consultation for private pest control agencies. My narrow specializations are both urban pests and agricultural pests. I studied their control over the previous 25 years. More about Nick

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