The Park's 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are there rattlesnakes and water moccasins here?
- No. The only venomous snake in Fairfax County is the northern copperhead. Never handle a snake in the wild. Many snakes try to mimic the pattern of copperheads for their own protection. Please stay on trails, and do not attempt to handle a snake.
2. Are there coyotes here?
- Yes. Coyotes are becoming more common in Fairfax County, and they have been seen and photographed at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. They generally pose no threat to humans.
3. I 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 a wild animal, and please report any out of the ordinary behavior.
4. Can I take a few tadpoles home for my kids to watch grow?
- No. Park rules do not allow removal of animals or other resources from parks.
5. I have a critter living under my house. How do I get it out of there?
- The best way to handle wildlife around your house is to leave it alone if possible. Generally, animals will leave on their own after a while.
6. Should I use mothballs to get rid of animals?
- No. Mothballs are poisonous. They harm the environment and put children and pets in danger.
7. What does poison ivy look like?
- Poison ivy has three leaves and a hairy vine. The middle leaf has a slightly longer stem than the other two. The veins in the leaves alternate. The leaf edges may have a few coarse teeth.
8. Beavers are cutting down trees. Are you going to do anything 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 be reported to a staff member.
9. Can you fish at the pond?
10. Do ticks from the park carry Lyme disease?
- Yes, they can. Staying on trails and using insect repellant will reduce your risk to tick exposure.