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Snakes

Snakes

Snakes One animal that is routinely spotted here in east Tennessee has more negative emotion attached to it than most of the other animals combined.  This animal does almost no damage and is actually an important part of the ecosystem.  The animal that I’m speaking of...
Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers In the late winter and early spring we get an abundance of calls concerning small but pesky birds found in the woodpecker family (Picidae). We have several different species here in east TN ranging in size from 3 inches to almost 12 inches long. They seem...
Moles

Moles

Mole  There are several mole species in North America but the Eastern Mole is one of the most common to be considered a pest. These blind beauties live under ground and dig a network of tunnels and chambers. Moles are small, weighing in at only about 3-5 oz. and are...
Rats

Rats

Rat The two most common rat species in North America are the Roof Rat and the Norway Rat. Roof Rats are a bit smaller, weighing 6-10 oz. and have an 8 inch body with an 8 inch tail. Roof Rats tend to live in warmer areas and inhabit areas above ground, such as in...
Groundhogs

Groundhogs

Groundhogs These furry, rodent friends are more common to be a nuisance species in the northern states. They dig large burrows which are often complex, with several entry holes. They average 8-10 pounds as adults. They give birth in spring to 3-6 young. They are...