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post #11 of 15
I think the drought in California has trickled down to the snake population. We haven't seen a snake in ages. A roadrunner has been hanging around the house & now most of our lizards are gone, too. I'm noticing a lot more squirrels & mice around our hay cubes, horse feed & chicken house. All rattlesnakes are dispatched, but I like to see the gopher & king snakes around for rodent control. They don't bother the peeps, thank heavens.
post #12 of 15
Thats frustrating. Mm wonder if there some one who getting rid of snakes like king snakes.
post #13 of 15
We keep the King & gopher snakes around. Good rodent control. I actually like snakes as long as they don't surprise me! I had snakes in my classroom & the kids ( boys especially) were fascinated by them. I would feed them at lunch & all the boys would come in to watch in horrified fascination!
post #14 of 15
Lol boys are funny that way, my husband an odd ball he doesnt like snakes, i am the one who saves them from him and the chickens as long as the pose no threat to my daughter they can stay and eat all the bugs they want.
post #15 of 15
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I only kill if they're venomous. Copperheads are dangerous, and they happen to be really common here unfortunately. We have king snakes, black racers, brown snakes, garter snakes, and a few others I can't think of right now (been a long day) those are all non-venomous, thenĀ  for venomous we have copperheads, cotton mouths, and water moccasins and I think up in the mountains there are rattlers, but we're about 4-5hrs from there. I have had to work hard to be able to identify copperheads because I do a lot of yardwork, and silly me, I use to like to try to catch "cute" baby snakes. Um, not anymore. I went to grab a baby snake one day and my son's father goes DON'T grab that, it's a copperhead. Yea, so I just generally leave snakes alone, unless it's a threat to my family or my animals.

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