Ring snake in my basement

Asked August 29, 2018, 2:03 PM EDT

What is a humane way to get rid of a ring snake in my basement?

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

This is a common snake and beneficial. Snakes occasionally wander into basements. Prevent this from occurring by caulking all openings around the house, especially windows and doors.

If a snake is inside a building and has been located it can be scooped into a trash can with a broom and released out of doors. If you don’t mind handling a snake, pick it up with garden gloves and release it outside. Grasp larger snakes directly behind the head to prevent them from biting. More often than not, a snake is hiding in a building and cannot be readily found. An effective technique is to lay damp towels in a room overnight. Snakes come out of hiding at night and often will crawl under the damp towels. The snake can then be captured and released.

See more on our website http://extension.umd.edu/hgic/snakes