Snakes are very beneficial to the environment as they keep the rodent population down, which means that you will see fewer rodents around your home. This also means that rodents will have less of a chance of getting into your home as well. Snakes keep prey animals’ population down, which is beneficial to plant life if you have a garden that keeps getting eaten. This also means that if there is a snake in the yard, then there are also mice.
However, snakes can also be very dangerous to humans. Here in Virginia, we have three species of snakes that are venomous, Copperhead, Cottonmouth, and Timber Rattlesnake. A bite from any of these will require immediate medical attention. Medical attention could be required for non-venomous snakes as well. As they can puncture an artery, cause infections, or sometimes their tooth can get lodged into your body.