How to Spot (And Keep Away) The Snake Holes in Your Yard

A snake slithering through your yard may send shivers up your spine. To avoid these nasty insects, learn to recognize their trespassing signals. You never know, snakes may be hiding in round holes in your yard.

Snake holes indicate snake presence. Snakes typically live in chipmunk, mouse, and prairie dog burrows. Before proceeding, ensure that the hole is not inhabited by a fluffy animal!

Read on to discover ways you can spot the snake holes in your yard.

Understanding the Characteristics of Snake Holes

Snake holes are round and vary in size. Like mole tunnels, they are common in the grass.

Snake holes have also been discovered in trees and massive concrete fractures. There are also several snake tunnels around home foundations.

If you see a snake in your yard, it could be hiding in a hole or crevice. It is impossible to tell which pest lives in holes in your yard unless you see it.

The Kinds of Snakes to Know About

The varieties of snakes in your backyard are determined by your location. The most common snakes are:

Garter Snakes

In North America, these are common nonvenomous backyard snakes.

Garter snakes are 18 to 21 inches long with alternating turquoise, yellow, black, and brown stripes. Meadows, woodlands, hills, and marshes are their preferred habitats.

Garter snakes, as pest eaters, may be beneficial to a homeowner's garden. Some Garter Snakes' venom is highly deadly.

Northern Water Snakes

Northern water snakes with lengths ranging from 24 to 42 inches are common. They are brown with black markings and can be found around bodies of water.

Northern water snakes love to hibernate in your garden or lawn. Northern Water Snakes are not venomous, although they will bite if threatened.

The nonvenomous Northern water snake should not be confused with the Water Moccasin (the Cottonmouth). The northern water snake is smaller and slenderer than the water moccasin.

Common Kingsnake

The Common Kingsnake is a black-and-white striped snake that is prevalent in Arizona. This type of snake can grow to be 2 to 6 feet long.

Redbelly Snake 

Redbelly snakes are the tiniest snakes in Minnesota. Redbelly snakes have a red belly and are 8 to 10 inches long.

Rat Snakes

The largest snakes in Ohio are black rat snakes. 6-foot-long, gentle critters that climb trees are surprising. The back and stomach are dark and glossy.

How can I tell if my yard has a snake hole? Is a snake hole empty?

If you have no idea how long the snake holes on your property have been there, you may be wondering if snakes still use them. 

Here are several methods for determining the existence of snake holes:

  1. Look out for snakeskins. This suggests that the hole is inhabited by a snake.
  2. Investigate snake poop. Snake feces are dark and tube-shaped, with white, chalky pee streaks. These feces can contain bones and fur, which is another sign that there is a snake in the hole.
  3. Check for cobwebs and other debris in the hole. The hole is almost certainly empty unless there is a snake present.


While the spotting of snake holes is the easy part, the rest of the steps would be very challenging. Remember that snakes are wary of traps and will not simply be enticed to come out of hiding. Thus, if you have snake tunnels in your yard or snakes in your home, contact a specialist and avoid DIY-ing the situation for your own safety.

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