Shelter advises against glue traps as baby snake season arrives

Shelter advises against glue traps as baby snake season arrives
Petersburg Animal Care and Control shared this picture of a juvenile rat snake that got stuck on a glue trap. (Source: Petersburg Animal Care and Control/Facebook)

PETERSBURG, Va. (WWBT) - Petersburg Animal Care and Control wants to discourage people from using glue traps for pest control.

The shelter shared a picture of a juvenile rat snake that died after being caught in a glue trap while attempting to eat the insects the trap had captured.

The shelter said once an animal becomes stuck to the trap there is no way to free it without causing serious injuries. The juvenile snake had to be euthanized.

Please take a second to choose a different method of pest control for your home. Being stuck alive to a glue trap is a...

Posted by Petersburg Animal Care and Control on Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said this is the time of year when baby snakes are born.

Juvenile rat snakes, which are not venomous, can look like juvenile copperheads, which are. The juvenile copperheads have a distinctive yellow tail that is used to attract prey.

DGIF said even though copperheads are regularly seen in Virginia, it is more likely that any snake you encounter is harmless and it is best to just leave any snake you see alone.

A juvenile copperhead.
A juvenile copperhead. (Source: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)
A juvenile rat snake.
A juvenile rat snake. (Source: Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries)

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