Animal Answers

by Tammy McCormack. 0 Comments

Can you believe it! Fall is already here. I've been extremely busy with snakes and wildlife issues. However, never too busy to answer questions that were sent to me via email pertaining to snake and wildlife problems. So I will do my best.

1. Vera wrote - Tammy how do I rid my property of moles and voles?

Vera - these small rodents can wreck havoc on your lawn. They cause quite a lot of damage and can even draw snakes. A mole stays completely underground and never emerges. Voles are similar to moles but they can come above ground out of small borrows they have dug. My suggestion is that there are various products that can rid your property of these pesky rodents. You should go to your local hardware store and they will suggest a product that would be best for you.

2. Tanya wrote - Tammy help! Found 2 large snake skins in my attic when the AC was being installed. Am I in danger?

No, Tanya, you are not in danger. The only snake in Frederick County that can climb that high and into an attic is our native black rat snake. They are constrictors and excellent climbers. The rat snake is not a poisonous snake. Perhaps, it was seeking shelter or food. So, I suggest if you have a mouse problem in the attic, you call an exterminator as they are experts in rodent problems and will be able to answer a lot of your rodent questions. As for the snakes, you are welcome to e-mail me and I will see what I can do.

3. James wrote - Help! Help! I have a large groundhog who has taken up residence under my front porch.

Well, James, groundhogs can be a strong nuisance but they are very easy to trap and relocate. There is no need to kill or harm them. Basically, any large live trap can be found at your local hardware store. You place apples baited with sugar and your friend will go right for it. You never leave any type of animal in a trap for hours, as it is stressful and they will die. As soon as the animal is trapped, you can relocate him or her away from your home.

4. Crystal wrote - Why do you choose to work with snakes? I have such a fear and I don't understand why you do what you do.

Well, Crystal, in school you study all animals. But snakes happen to be my favorite. They are mysterious but highly intelligent and we truly need them to help balance out nature. I do what I do because it is my calling just like maybe your calling is being a nurse to help people. Everyone and everything has a purpose on this earth and I enjoy snake conservation and education. So as long as I am capable, I will continue this.

I have had so many emails and I am sorry I cannot address them all but I will do my best over the next few weeks. Thank you all for being so interested in our snakes and wildlife of Maryland.

Tammy McCormack is a professional snake trapper and writes a regular column for

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