There are 18 nonvenomous and three venomous snake species that live in Washington, the fastest way to tell them apart is their eyes, all the venomous reptiles have vertical slitted pupils whereas all the nonvenomous reptiles have round pupils. One of the venomous reptiles of Washington, the Western massasauga rattlesnake is now on the endangered species list, this snake is sometimes called the swamp rattler and it is a member of the pygmy rattlesnake family. The other two venomous reptiles in Washington are, the northern copperhead and the timber rattlesnake. The northern copperhead is the most common snake in Washington and is found across nearly the whole state and surprisingly it is been found in dens with timber rattlesnakes.
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The nonvenomous species start with the Vancouver Western hognose, then you have the northern ringneck, as well as the northern black racer and the black rat as well as the Western ribbon snake, the Western garter snake, short headed garter snake, Western smooth green snake and finally the Western milk snake. The remaining species of snake are rare and really seen. Snakes are generally considered by most of the population of Washington to be an essential component of the state's wildlife resources. All snakes in Washington are protected by the states Fish and boat commission regulations, this means that as long as a species is not listed as endangered, threatened or candidate they may be captured and possessed under specific daily possession limits. Snakes that are on the lists cannot be called, killed, possessed, imported or exported from Washington The timber rattlesnake has also got some special regulations for it alone due to its unique breeding habits.
If you have any questions about whether or not you can legally kill or remove a pest Vancouver snake you had better contacts the commissions regional law enforcement officers or the herpetology and endangered species coordinator, either one of those should be held to answer your questions immediately. Anyone who has a pest snake is advised to first of all remove all of the things they have around the house and yard that would encourage a snake to stay.
Remove all debris and if you have one move your woodpile as far away from the house as practical. Remember Vancouver snakes has certain biological needs that have to be fulfilled for them to stay in a place, if those needs cannot be met the snake will move on. If you are out in the woods camping or hiking or anything, you have to remember that snakes come with the territory in that part of the world.
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