How to relocate snakes without handling them in Vermont | Snake

How to relocate snakes without handling them

  • To relocate snakes from your house, place piles of damp towels in areas where you see snakes.
  • Leave the towels out for a few days and cover with a dry burlap bag or dry towel to help keep them damp.
  • After a few days, carefully remove the towels to check for snakes
  • If snakes are present, scoop all of the towels up with a shovel or plastic container and place them outside.
  • Remove towels as necessary to free the snakes.
  • If you did not trap any snakes, reset the towels and try again. This approach may take several days.

Snake relocation is most effective after you modify habitat and place exclusions, like fences. Relocating snakes may not work if good habitat remains. The snakes may return, or new snakes may move in.


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Laws and regulations to be aware of

Regulations for Vermont

Possession of Wildlife

It is illegal to possess living, wild animals in Vermont. A furbearing animal can only be possessed when moving the animal to a more appropriate place for dispatch.

While we attempt to provide guidance about state and federal regulations pertaining to specific species and control techniques, we do not provide information about local jurisdictions (city, town, county, etc.) where regulations may be more restrictive, especially as it applies to discharge of firearms, transport of animals or use of trapping equipment. Contact your local city or county government to inquire further. No guarantee is made that information (or lack of information) associated with a species or control technique is completely accurate or current. You should become familiar with federal, state and local laws before beginning any wildlife control activities.

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