Would guineas help?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by mamaKate, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. mamaKate

    mamaKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    SE MO
    We started having a snake abundance a few years ago, not sure why. I was a little freaked out but the extension agent said as long as they all had vertical stripes they were not venomous. No problem. I know they're useful and kind of cute so it's been pretty much live and let live. Although, since my knees make me sit down to do the handweeding, I've been startled a few times. Well, this Sunday, my neighbor killed 10 in his yard. He's a retired cop -not really into " live and let live". This morning I was re- doing a fence and I found a small one that did NOT have vertical stripes. I know that's not conclusive but it got away before I could catch it to ID. So, original question,"Would guineas help?"
     
  2. pringle

    pringle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2009
    Pepperell,MA
    I definitly think guineas would help not only do they like to eat snakes but they also will keep the ticks down to.so yes i think you should get a few guineas:)
     
  3. MHF

    MHF Out Of The Brooder

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    Check this site out for your area


    I posted the wrong page the first time, try this.


    Venomous Snakes
    There are only two venomous snakes in Massachusetts - the timber rattlesnake and the copperhead. (Contrary to popular belief, there are no venomous "water moccasins" in the Bay State, only harmless water snakes.) Statewide, populations of our two endangered venomous snakes are believed to number no more than a few hundred individuals. Due to a host of problems, these populations are probably still declining despite rigorous efforts to protect them. Our "rattlers" are now known to exist at only a dozen or so widely scattered sites in mountainous regions of the state; the distribution of copperheads is even more restricted. As a result, most of Massachusetts is completely devoid of venomous serpents.

    The chance of receiving a venomous snake bite is further reduced


    Follow the direction on this page to ID your snake

    http://www.umass.edu/nrec/snake_pit/index.html
     
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2009
  4. Sallyschickens

    Sallyschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Puget Sound Baby!
    Quote:Yuck!!
     

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