Very glad to hear that she DIDN'T kill it! They are very beneficial to have around to control vermin! Why poison the environment when these animals will help take care of the mice and rats for you? It's not like they seek us out to attack us! We normally get bitten when we surprise them or mess around with them. Leave them alone, and they leave us alone.
I dont kill either... any of them but if i have to I can and have. We have some big rattlers here. Enough for two people meal. I have always wanted to taste rattler meat.
For what its worth too. They are just as dangerous dead. Rattle snakes that is. Best to take care of that head carefully. When I was a kid I asked my dad if he had seen any one ever die... it was one of those kid things you ask out of curiosity... He said yes. A fellow decided to teach the kids how to kill a snake. The object was to whip snap the head off.... only the head didn't come off and came back and got him in the throat. also this story is from the forties...
If you look across the border most of the hacienda sytle homes have a big fence around them solid to the ground they grow the garden in there. There is are a couple of reasons for that.... Help keep the rabbits out.... and keeps the snakes out too. For the most part. all gardens have to be fenced above below and around if you want to get a harvest out of them.
So hardware cloth has to be used throughout the garden keeps the mice and rats out too. Voles and gophers from underneath..
Past poultry: Buff Brhama, EE, Barred rock, Wellsummer,
Bantam mixes, Araucana, Turkeys, & Guinea Fowl.
Future poultry: Guinea Fowl, Sumatra, Wellsummer, Muscovy
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