The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are there rattle snakes and water moccasins here?
No, the only venomous snake we have in Fairfax County is the northern copperhead. Snakes should never be handled. Many snakes try to mimic the pattern of copperheads for their own protection. Please stay on the trail and do not attempt to handle a snake.
2. Are there coyotes here?
Yes. Coyotes are becoming more and more common in Fairfax County and they have been seen here at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. They generally pose no threat to humans.
3. I just saw a fox in broad daylight and he didn't run. Does that mean he has rabies?
No. Although fox and coyotes are chiefly nocturnal they are still seen during the day. Never approach an animal and please report any out of the ordinary behavior.
4. Can I take a few tadpoles home for my kids to watch grow up?
No, this park and its staff are dedicated to protecting wildlife. We cannot remove anything from the park.
5. I have a critter living under my house, how do I get it out of there?
The best way to handle wildlife that is around your house is to leave it alone when ever possible. Generally, animals will leave on their own after a while.
6. Should I use moth balls to get rid of animals?
No, moth balls are very poisonous. They harm the environment and put children and pets at danger.
7. What does poison ivy look like?
Poison ivy has 3 leaves and it has a very hairy vine. Please stay on the trail.
8. The beavers are cutting down all the trees, are you going to do any thing about it?
Beavers are a part of this park's ecosystem. We let nature take its course whenever possible. A leaning tree that appears to be dangerous should always be reported to a staff member.
9. Can you fish at the pond?
Yes, fishing is allowed at Walney pond. You do need a proper fishing license.
10. Do ticks from the park carry lime disease?
Yes, they can. Staying on the trail and using insect repellant will help reduce your risk to tick exposure.