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Get Rid of Snakes in the Yard
What to Do about a Snake in the Yard?
My neighbor in his bare feet stepped out of his house right onto a snake. Fortunately it was a harmless black snake but needless to say, both were pretty startled. Even a non-poisonous snake will bite in such a situation. Luckily my neighbor jumped back and the snake slithered away through the St. Augustine grass.
Some snakes are not so harmless. If you're seeing dangerous snakes in your yard, it's quite disturbing. You worry about one of the children getting bitten or the family pet suffering a bite while they play in the yard, Sometimes snakes even find a small opening and wander into the house. It has happened to me twice.
I've gathered together some of the methods for getting rid of snakes. Hopefully one will fit your situation.
Many Snakes Are Harmless and Beneficial - Know the Beneficial Snakes and How to Tell the Difference
Snakes eat rodents and other pests, so they help keep your yard free of these. If you know the snake you are seeing is not dangerous to your family, try learning to accept it as part of nature.
Snake on My Front Walk... Oh, No!
- Video: How to Tell If a Snake Is Poisonous | eHow
How to Tell If a Snake Is Poisonous. Part of the series: How to Survive a Venomous Snake Bite. Learn the most common ways to tell if a snake is venomous in this free first aid video.
- Video: What Are the Most Common Venomous Snakes? | eHow
What Are the Most Common Venomous Snakes?. Part of the series: How to Survive a Venomous Snake Bite. Explore what Venomous snakes are most common in the United States in this free first aid video.
Identification Guides for Snakes
You can choose a guide for your particular region of the world. Click on the title below to see a wider range of regional snake guides.
I'm featuring the guide that covers the whole United States. You can get guides for Florida, Texas, the southwest, and other regions.
I Hope He Isn't Heading for My Yard - I took this photo in Florida
Just a week ago, we found a young foot-long cottonmouth in our garage. We keep glue traps along the walls of the garage in case of mice. Instead we caught a poisonous snake. I sure look around carefully now when I go into the garage. The venom from even a young snake can be serious.
Snake Away - Snake repelling granules
Zazzle graphic: Number 1 greeting cards by jsoh
This contains naphthalene and sulfur which are supposed to deter snakes since they rely on their tongues to sense things around them. The two ingredients are intended to interfere with that and thus the snakes don't want to linger nearby.
Video Showing Spreading Snake Away
A Liquid Snake Repellant - Liquid Fence
Zazzle graphic: Number 2 by jsoh
A Black Racer Snake in My Yard - He's coming up from a French drain in the side yard.
I was fascinated that it could make its body rigid in this standing pose to look around. Now this is a harmless snake that does good by clearing out insects. I'd leave this one alone, though I would steer clear of it.
If you're phobic about all snakes, then try some of the products I've found and featured here.
(photo by Virginia Allain)
Glue Traps to Catch Snakes That Get into the Garage
This is how we found the cottonmouth that got into our garage. It was stuck fast to a glue trap that we had placed along the walls. I shudder to think what might have happened if we hadn't trapped it. There are so many places in the garage where a snake could lurk and then strike at us when we walked past or disturbed it.
You cannot remove the snake from the strong adhesive on the glue board, so this is not a catch and release method. Get a good batch of these and place them in out-of-the-way areas and along the walls. You don't want them where you will accidentally step on it. It's pretty hard to get unstuck from it.
Cottonmouth (small one) on a Glue Trap in Our Garage
- Removing unwanted snakes: Minnesota DNR
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources offers suggestions on how to remove unwanted snakes from yards and buildings. R0004 Bullsnake Postcard by FlatlanderSam
A snake fence, what a great idea. Watch the video to see how it works.
Where Are You Seeing Snakes?
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What to Do if You Find an Exotic Snake in Your Yard
This happened to a friend of mine in Maryland. She discovered an ten-foot boa constrictor in her backyard. Since she is a talented writer, you'll enjoy her description of the incident on her blog.
Call the local animal control to come deal with the snake. Keep your children and small pets in the house until it is removed.
(photo by Lori Burdoo)
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