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5 Sounds To Scare Snakes Away

horned viper snake
Horned viper snake in the sand. Image via Deposit Photos

Snakes play a crucial role in maintaining the balance of nature by controlling pest populations. Yet, their presence in and around your home can be unsettling. Snakes have a unique way of perceiving sound and vibration can be key to keeping them at a safe distance.

Here are 5 sounds to scare snakes away without harming them.

1. Vibrational Ground Noise

Eastern Coral Snake
Eastern Coral Snake. Image by Ondreicka1010 via

Snakes are highly sensitive to vibrations through the ground. Stomping around your garden, using your lawn mover or using vibrational ground sticks can create enough vibrations to deter snakes. These vibrations mimic the approach of larger predators, encouraging snakes to steer clear.

2. High-Frequency Sound Emitters

Rattlesnake. Image via Pixabay.

Although snakes lack external ears, they can detect vibrations through their skin, muscles, and bones. Devices that emit high-frequency sounds or ultrasonic waves can disorient or discomfort snakes. The effectiveness of these devices varies so this should only be a part of your broader snake deterrence strategy.

3. Water Jets

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The sudden noise and movement of water jets can startle snakes. Gardens and lawns with motion-activated sprinklers are less inviting to snakes as this method combines sound, vibration, and physical deterrents. Sounds like a winning combination.

4. Wind Chimes

Kingsnakes are opportunistic predators with a diverse diet, including rodents, birds, eggs, and other snakes. Image by Thomas Evans via Unsplash

The gentle clinking of wind chimes produces a constant and unpredictable pattern of sound and vibration. Placing wind chimes around the perimeter of your property could be another deterrent against snakes, especially in breezy conditions.

5. Human Activity

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the most venomous snake in the US. Antivenom is produced for this snake. Via Depositphotos

Regular human activity, including talking, laughing, and working outdoors, generates a range of sounds and ground vibrations. An area with consistent human presence and noise is less likely to be attractive to snakes.

Using snakes’ sensitivity to sounds and vibrations is a potentially more humane way to deter them from your property.

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