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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Wildlife Resources > Nuisance Wildlife > Reptiles Reptiles

SNAKES

General Information
Of the 34 species of snakes that occur in Indiana, only 4 are venomous. Copperheads, cottonmouths, timber rattlesnakes, and massasauga rattlesnakes are the only venomous species found in Indiana, and they are rare and found only in certain parts of the state.

Prevention and Control
Snakes are less likely to frequent an area where they have little cover or food. Control rodent populations around your home, remove piles of junk, rocks, brush and boards, and keep grass mowed.

If a snake gets inside your home, you can purchase a glueboard at a farm supply or hardware store and place it against a wall but away from pipes or other objects that the snake could use for leverage to escape.  For larger snakes, attach several glueboards side-by-side to a piece of plywood. Release snakes outside by pouring vegetable oil or common cooking oil over the snake where it is adhered to the glueboard. Glueboards should only be used indoors or under structures where children, pets and other wildlife cannot reach them.