Tempted to tell you to call St. Patrick, but I'm assuming you're looking for a serious answer...
I would try calling your local wildlife conservancy. They often have great answers for questions like this and are a very under-utilized resource. Just remember to be patient and conscientious of their time... a lot of conservancies are run by volunteers and private funds. They may not be staffed very well.
Well, I know this isn't helpful, but my approach would be to find a way to keep myself out of the yard and let the snakes do their thing. There - problem solved. (I do like the St. Patrick idea, though. )
Ah - that may be the difference between you and me: I have a tendency to kill all plants but those that have miraculously survived for years and years in spite of me. It probably doesn't matter, though, because the mosquito problem where I live is so bad it would take a whole lot to get me to go out there anyway.
Couple of weeks back I was overrun with the critters. You have a food source for them somewhere and your best bet is to figure that out and try to eliminate it. For me it is the pond that sits adjacent to my house and the frogs that come with that pond. Can't get rid of the frogs so I got curious. Started looking into other elements and well if you are actually seeing them frolicking in the yard, it could be the universe is trying to tell you something.
The ancients believed that snakes brought signs of change and once you accepted this then they would move on. Interestingly enough about the time I started seeing all my little friends, I was feeling rather unsettled and trying to make a choice of sorts, I thought long and hard about the symbolism and decided it was time to move forward with some things and you know what I haven't seen a snake since.
On another note, you can get some lime and put it around the areas where you are seeing the holes, moth balls don't really work so don't let anyone tell you to use them. My bet is though you have something they want, like mice, chipmunks, frogs etc. I would seriously see if you could figure out what they are after and then try to get rid of the food source first and foremost.
We have a small lake not far from our house, but not on our property. I can here lots of frogs at night. Maybe that is the problem, but there isn't much I can do about that. Thanks for the info though.
If they were just garter snakes I wouldn't care, but we have dogs and I"m worried about them getting bit by the rattlers. Snakes give me the creeps too. I wished I loved them, but I've been afraid of them since I was a child.
Or perhaps you need a king snake, such as the one used in my avatar. They love to eat rattlesnakes and are immune to the rattler's venom. I saw a seven foot long king a few days ago. Want me to catch it and ship it to you?
I did see cat on sale recently - I doubt it will go on much longer as city populations are earning generally higher money and more pets are appearing everywhere, same with dogs, still available in some restaurants but the dog meat specialist places have all gone.
Snake is a delicacy, along with eels and frogs. I like eel and snake but can't get my head around eating a joined pair of spreadeagled frogs legs !
You are right, fried rattlesnake tastes very much like chicken, as does frog legs and gator tail. Rat or cat? Never tasted it, but a squirrel is merely a big rat with a furry tail and I like it pretty good cooked with rice. Raccoon is better though!
A Monacled albino cobra is on the loose in Southern California. http://news.msn.com/us/search-on-for-de … californiaAuthorities think the snake escaped from captivity and the owner has not yet been found....