....... asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

In Florida, is killing snakes illegal?

So, don't judge me, cause I like snakes. My parents and I just found a pygmy rattlesnake in our yard, and the wildlife people wouldn't come down to get it. We killed it, because we have pets and kids that run around this neighborhood. I don't know if snakes are considered pests or protected by some kind of wildlife organization, so if someone could tell me if it's legal or not to kill a snake in FL, that'd be great.


We called the police, they said they couldn't send anyone down and gave us a number to a wildlife conservation place. We called them, they were closed. Their recording gave us another number for dangerous animals, so we called that and the lady told us that they couldn't come and get it unless it was in our house. Most idiotic thing I've ever heard.

14 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    In this case, you're most likely fine. A venomous snake posed a threat and in the best interest of you and your family, you disposed of that threat.

    It'd be difficult to press charges on that. I doubt you'll get into any legal trouble.

    Best of luck.

  • 1 decade ago

    In Fla, as with everywhere else, it is NOT illegal to kill a venomous snake if:

    it posed an immediate threat

    has bitten someone or pet or livestock

    in a dwelling


    acting aggressively.

    They would not respond unless it was in the home because of simple mathmatics. If they responded to every snake/wild animal call received, the entire population of Fla would be working for the animal control. They receive thousands of calls everyday.

    If a snake, venomous or not, is on your property, leave it alone. It will go its way. NEVER attempt to capture it or harrass it. This could result in a fast trip to the slow wait of your local ER, or worse.

    If this is a pest issue, contact a pet store. They will most likely know who will come get it for free, and you'll know the snake is gonna live.

    Source(s): Breeder of 31 years
  • taydus
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Pygmy Rattlesnake Florida

  • 3 years ago

    Rattlesnakes In Florida

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  • mccunn
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    wow communicate about someone that has not info on the problem in any respect, they could improve previous the size of a automobile lol not positive about you yet i dont see many 1200 pound burms or retics operating round... and prefer mad stated canines kill like 20 human beings a three hundred and sixty 5 days and also you dont favor a enable or a history examine to bypass get a pitbull,rot, or anyother canines it fairly is effortless to develop into aggressive and attack human beings... dylan i dont recognize what you're conversing about yet in 15 years of conserving reptiles I easily have under no circumstances ever considered someone do a history examine, i dont recognize how lengthy you've been into reptiles yet identity like to be sure a area that announces they do history assessments.. some human beings will ask for a reference yet identity infrequently call that a history examine on the grounds that each person might want to provide a pals call out to get a sturdy reference

  • 1 decade ago

    It is illegal to kill or possess both pygmy rattlers & the indigo snake. Both are protected since they are endangered. However, in the case of the rattler, since it posed a threat to persons or pets, you'd be within your rights to protect your family. It's lousy when the people that are supposed to come to your aid don't or won't show up. I'm glad you & your folks & pets are safe & sorry the snake had to be destroyed.

  • 1 decade ago

    If you killed a snake on your property, or one that directly and would routinely threaten you or yours, no one will do too much.

    They are endangered in most of their range- although I don't know about Florida. Most snakes also have laws protecting non-game animals.

    You may want to talk to your local county extension service or herpetological society about other options for removing snakes, and maybe to have someone look at and evaluate your place.

    If another one shows up, you can try the tricks listed below to capture it for someone to pick up later.

  • 1 decade ago

    yes in Florida it is illegal to kill snakes, your parents should of called the wildlife game trap

  • bill j
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    if it's a rattle snake and around the house kill it ,, just make sure to bury it so nothing comes in contact with the fangs

  • 5 years ago

    No Just Plain Stupid

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