Venomous Snake Relocators
Compiled by Melissa Kaplan
One of the things I have always sought to do in my public education efforts is to get people who heretofore have had no appreciation for snakes and their role in their ecosystem to come to some sort of appreciation of them. I try to get that appreciation to extend not taking a shovel to every snake they see in their yard.
Be that as it may, some people just don't want snakes under their porches or under-house crawl spaces (go figure!). Others are understanding about innocuous species sharing their immediate environs, but draw the line at venomous snakes living in such close proximity. Thus, the next line of education is to get these folks to call in people who are experienced in the live capture and safe relocation of these animals.
The following list is composed of people I have heard of or been in contact with who are experienced in safely capturing and transporting snakes, including venomous snakes, and releasing them in appropriate unpopulated areas.
If you are going to call any of these folks, please understand that most of these people have real jobs - "real" in the sense that reptile relocation is generally something they do in their free time as service to both the reptiles and to the community (though it is heavily weighted towards the former!). So, if they aren't there to answer your call, and don't call you back while the snake is still sunning itself on your porch step, don't get angry or frustrated - they are either at work or commuting home or doing what you do when you aren't out finding snakes you don't want in your yard. You can be helpful in watching to see where that snake goes and in giving a dispassionate (meaning: accurate) description of the color, markings and length (most "huge venomous snake" calls that come in are actually harmless snakes such as a two foot long gopher snake).
Some relocators charge for their services - and why shouldn't they? No matter how skilled and experienced someone is in handling venomous snakes, there is always the risk that they will be bitten. On top of some pretty expensive hospitalization and antivenin bills, they are also quite likely to drive some distance away from human habitation to release the snakes they removed from urban yards and parks. Ask if there is a fee; if there isn't, consider giving them something anyway for coming out and taking care of matters for you...any way you look at it, it is still going to be cheaper than you ending up in the hospital from a bite, or chopping your own foot with that shovel, or moving to someplace that doesn't have rattlers.
Needless to say, I need input to make this list grow to encompass all states/provinces where venomous snakes are to be found. So, if you do venomous relocation or know of people who do, please email me the state, the name of the county(ies) you service, relocator name, address, phone number, and any other relevant contact information.
Email reminder: When emailing any of these individuals, remember to remove the exclamation point and space after the @ symbol that has been added to their email address.
Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Houston
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and Solano Counties, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties (Bay Area)
Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lake, Mariposa, Nevada, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Placer, and Yolo Counties
Ramirez Rattlesnake Removal
El Dorado County
Los Angeles County
Humane Society (city of Pasadena only)
San Bernardino County
San Diego County
Douglas and Jefferson Counties
Alachua and Marion Counties
Jason H Troxell
Jason H Troxell
Hernando, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Polk Counties
Manatee and Sarasota Counties
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Jason H Troxell
Karl H. Betz
Jason A. Rose
Santa Fe County
Creek, Tulsa Counties
Barry and Dana Thomas
Abbeville, Edgefile, Greenwood, & McCormick Counties
Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonville, Anderson (partial)
Lexington and Richland Counties
Matt Elness & Ashley Hiott
D and S Rreptile Rescue
Scott Budd: 803-972-0887
Joel La Rocque
Dekalb, Jackson, Rutherford, Smith, Wilson
Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Grundy, Hickman, Marshall, Maury, Rutherford, Wilson
South Texas Herpetology
Northeast Tarrant County
Gene F. Giggleman,
South Tarrant County
Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor Counties
Michael R. Banez
Reptile Removal Servjce
Gaylon LeCoy Holmes
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