What to Do About Snakes in Your Maryland Swimming Pool

This is the Northern Water Snake, a species found in Maryland.

This is the Northern Water Snake, a species found in Maryland that could find its way into your swimming pool.

Springtime is here. Before you know it, it will be time to open your Maryland swimming pool. Having a swimming pool on your property is exciting and incredibly beneficial for entertainment purposes and increasing the value of your home. Last week, we talked about the importance of lighting your swimming pool.

If you are going for a swim at night, pool lighting can help you determine that the waters are safe from wildlife, like snakes, that may have slipped into your pool. So, what if you do see a snake? Now what? Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders is here to help understand what to do about snakes in your Maryland swimming pool.

Why is There a Snake in My Swimming Pool?

If your swimming pool is surrounded by a wooded area, it is more likely that a snake could find its way into your pool. More often than not, a snake may go into your pool in an effort to find food or cool down. For example, the Red-Bellied Water Snake and the Northern Water Snake in Maryland are known to feed on frogs, fish, and other aquatic species – and clearly thrive in water.

Types of Snakes in Maryland

Maryland is home to 27 different species of snakes, two of which are venomous – the Northern Copperhead and Timber Rattlesnake. The other 25 non-venomous species are as follows: Black Rat Snake, Eastern Garter Snake, Northern Water Snake, Eastern Hog-nosed Snake, Northern Black Racer Snake, Common Ribbon Snake, Red-bellied Water Snake, Queen Snake, Eastern Smooth Earth Snake, Northern Brown Snake, Northern Red-Bellied Snake, Northern Ring-Necked Snake, Southern Ring-necked Snake, Eastern Worm Snake, Smooth Green Snake, Northern Rough Green Snake, Southern Pine Snake, Red Corn Snake, Mole King Snake, Eastern King Snake, Eastern Milk Snake, Coastal Plain Milk Snake, Northern Scarlet Snake, Mountain Earth Snake, and Rainbow Snake.

How to Remove a Snake in Your Swimming Pool

Snakes should obviously be approached with caution. Do your best to identify the snake. If it is a non-venomous species, you can use a long handled pool swimmer to pick the snake up and toss it back into the woods. You can also attempt removing the snake by hand, while wearing a glove, but that is not recommended. To avoid any potential injury or damage to your pool, you could hire professional help to remove the snake and relocate it.

Do You Need Pool Services? Contact Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders Today

Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders LLC not only conducts Maryland spa, hot tub, and pool installations and renovations but also provides pool services, chemicals, salt generating systems, and more.

If you have any questions about your pool or want to schedule a site visit to get your pool project on the move, contact the professionals at Sunrise Premiere Pool Builders LLC by calling 410-349-3852 or clicking here today!

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