Snake Holes in the Backyard: How to Spot it and What to Do with it?

When you see a hole in your yard or the grass, odds are it’s a snake hole. Dealing with snake holes can be a bit tricky and dangerous for adults and kids alike.

You want to be sure not to disturb or kill the snake that lives in the hole when you’re trying to deal with it.

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In this article, we will talk about snake holes, how to deal with them, and answer the most common questions about this subject.

How can you tell a snake hole in the backyard

Most snake holes are perfectly round, like a circle. If you find an elliptical or something that isn’t circular, it’s probably not a snake hole but another type of animal’s refuge.

Some snake holes will also have leaves or other debris at the bottom. This debris may be disturbed (not neatly folded) to give a dead giveaway that it is a snake hole.

The most important thing for most people to know is that if you see a hole in your yard or the grass, odds are it’s a snake hole.

And most importantly, you want to be sure not to disturb or kill the snake that lives in the hole when you’re trying to deal with it.

What do you do if you find a snake hole

You should do a few things to deal with a snake hole if you find one in your backyard.

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1. Is there a snake in the hole?

The first thing you should do is make sure that the snake isn’t inside it.

If it is, cover the hole and walk away. There’s not much point in disturbing or killing the snake that lives there.

2. Use a stick to poke the hole

You can also take a long branch and slowly poke inside the hole to make sure that’s nothing startling jumps out at you.

If nothing happens, the hole is probably clear, and you can fill it up with dirt or a gravel-type substance to discourage any animals from using it.

3. Try to track it with dye

The next thing you should do is put some bright dyed cloth over any entrances to this hole and leave it there for a day or two.

If the dye is displaced (or you see drag marks on the ground), chances are something crawled out of the hole. And if the dye showings long streaking drag marks, it could’ve likely been a snake.

4. Check for other similar holes

You should also check if there are other holes in your garden as this particular one might have been abandoned by its occupant(s).

If so, take note of where they lead to and plug them off as well.

For those that don’t lead anywhere, just leave them as they are as long as you’re sure that no snakes occupy them.

What can you put in your yard for snake holes

Don’t want to deal with any snake holes in your garden and would like to prevent them from appearing? Try planting some grass or plant over the hole.

Granted that it might not give the best view of the yard. But it’s better than allowing snakes to come into your home through these holes.

What if I see a snake coming out of one of the holes

If ever you see a snake exiting or entering a hole in your yard, there are a few things you can do about it.

The first thing should be considered an extreme measure while the next two are more practical, especially for people who are afraid of snakes.

1. Spray it with bleach and water

The first thing that should be considered an extreme measure is spraying the snake with a solution of bleach and water.

This will not kill the snake immediately but it’ll disarm and scare it off. Try to make sure that it’s not a venomous variety, or else this could make your problem worse.

2. Pour lots of oil over the hole

This will suffocate any creatures living in there and give you some time to think about what to do next.

Just keep in mind that snakes can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, so this may not be 100% effective.

If neither of these suggestions works or you just don’t want to do them, the best thing would probably be to call professionals who deal with such issues.

Letting the snake go its way should always be considered first before doing anything else.

What attracts snakes to your house

Snakes like to go to dark, damp places. If you’re really unlucky and live in an area that has a lot of snakes, they may come into your home since it’s a good hiding spot for them.

This can be minimized by keeping your yard clean of any weeds or tall grass. Snakes like them.

Another commonsensical way to prevent them from getting into your house is to make sure there are no holes or openings in the walls of your home.

Filling any crevices with putty and keeping the grass as short as possible will help keep these unwelcome guests from making their way into your house.

Lastly, removing any possible food sources for them. It can also help to reduce the number of snakes in your neighborhood if there are fewer things for them to eat around there.


Snakes aren’t always dangerous. Some species may even be beneficial to have around since they kill mice, rats, and other pests.

But let’s be frank here, nobody wants them slithering around or let alone inside their homes! So you should do what you can to prevent snake holes from appearing in your garden or yard.

And if you see one coming from your backyard, have it treated as soon as possible before any bigger problems arise.