Snakes protected in the state

A local Tennessee resident found a snake locked in a fight with a hawk in his driveway recently. Hawks are known to be predators to snakes and catch them in their talons to eat. It is rare to find a snake that has the chance to fight back. Many snakes are native to the state of Tennessee. This snake was identified as a grey rat snake, a non-venomous snake that is known to mimic a rattlesnake to trick its predators into thinking it is poisonous.

In Tennessee, it is prohibited to kill snakes. There are an estimated 34 species of snakes in the state, with only four being venomous and a threat to humans. Officials urge residents not to harm the animals but scare them away instead by using a water hose to spray them. Snakes play a vital role in the ecosystem by controlling rodent populations and being a food source for other animals.

For information on snake removal, visit Patriot Wildlife Control.

Snake and hawk locked in ‘choke hold’ on shocked dad’s driveway

Father-of-four, Matthew Clement, 43, was shocked to find a grey rat snake and a red-tail hawk locked in an epic battle hold in his driveway.

The snake appeared to have wrapped its tail around the hawk’s neck, throttling it, while the bird held the serpent’s tail in its claws trying to pull it off or crush it. Read more

Summary: A local Tennessee resident found a snake locked in a fight with a hawk in his driveway recently. Hawks are known to be predators to snakes and catch them in their talons to eat.

State laws prohibit killing snakes in Tennessee

According to Tennessee Snakes.org, 34 species of snakes are common to the state. Chances are the one you stumble across in your yard is not one of the four venomous ones in the region.

According to Tennessee’s hunting regulations guide, “The taking, killing and/or illegal possession of hawks, owls, songbirds, endangered species or any other species (i.e. snakes) for which a season
is not set is prohibited” via WVLT

Summary: In Tennessee, it is prohibited to kill snakes. There are an estimated 34 species of snakes in the state, with only four being venomous and a threat to humans.