Six of Florida's 44 snake species are venomous, the eastern
coral snake, the southern copperhead, the cottonmouth, the eastern
diamondback rattlesnake, the timber rattlesnake, and the dusky pygmy
rattlesnake. Most Florida snakes are harmless and beneficial and
remove extra rodent populations. Even the venomous species are not
particularly dangerous unless stepped on or otherwise provoked.
Killing a snake should be a measure of LAST RESORT!
Some people do not like snakes in or around their dwellings or
out-buildings. Fortunately, snakes can be removed from buildings
without harm to either you or the snake through the use of
glueboards or funnel traps.
The frequent sighting of snakes near dwellings or out-buildings may
indicate the presence of rodents. Removal of brush, lumber or other
debris accumulations will discourage both rodents and snakes. Rodent
food sources like chronically spilled bird seed under feeders or pet
foods scraps should also be policed regularly.
Venomous reptiles may only be possessed under license and specific
laws are in effect for handling, caging, and transporting.