Bird Feeders: Do They Attract Snakes?


Bird feeders are a great way to attract different kinds of birds to your yard, providing them with food and shelter. However, some people may be concerned about the possibility of attracting snakes when they install bird feeders in their yard.

The answer is no

The good news is that bird feeders do not typically attract snakes. Snakes are carnivores and usually eat insects or small rodents such as mice, rats, and voles. As such, they are not attracted to birdseed or other foods commonly found in bird feeders.

Safety measures for snake prevention

While Bird feeders themselves don’t attract snakes into your garden there still might be some risk involved especially if you live in an area where venomous snakes are common so it’s best to take precautions to prevent any potential dangers.

  • Maintain a clean garden: Keep debris piles at least 30 feet away from the feeder. Remove rocks, tall grasses, overripe fruits or vegetables that can become hiding spots.
  • Put up barriers around your feeder stand: If possible build a barrier around the base of your feeder stand like chicken wire mesh material etc., which will discourage hognose and garter snakes from getting near to it.
  • Use window clings on windows near ground level: Large glass windows near gardens can confuse hunting predators & cause them injuries as well make sure you put vinyl stickers/ window clings onto these surfaces so birds won’t fly through them either!


Overall having a bird feeder should not increase any chance of snake presence but maintaining cleanliness around the feeding area could help keep things safer for all wildlife visitors alike!