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Old 09-24-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: S.Florida
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That ride to the grocery store is more likely to kill your 2 year old than this snake - if it even is a coral snake. A swarm of bees, excessive fire ant bites, or even Florida Alligators all pose a much more immediate threat to the safety and health of your children. You must understand that your toddler outweighs even the biggest Coral Snake by several hundred times. A toddler should not be unsupervised enough to pull up logs, cinder blocks, or whatever other structures a coral snake would use for cover. As concerned as you sound, I don't think your toddler would be unsupervised for that long.

I wouldn't worry about it and neither should you - VIPERS on the other hand - rattlers, moccasins, copperheads - while terrified and likely to flee a full grown person (knowing they will be undeservedly whacked by a shovel), are capable of standing their ground against a smaller person like a toddler.

Also - the BEST DEFENSE against snakes is cats, if you really are that concerned but you don't want to own a cat, start feeding the neighborhood strays and they will do a fantastic job of catching and killing not only snakes, but mice, rabbits, squirrels and other disease carrying vermin.
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"the BEST DEFENSE against snakes is cats"

No wonder there are no snakes in this area . There are 2 big cow farms not far away among other fields thus assumed should be more snakes.

Never thought about the zillion feral cats which come out at night.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:53 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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OK, while this may not seem like a big deal to some of you, it is huge for me. Hubby was mowing the lawn today and saw a coral snake by the air conditioning unit. He looked it up and turns out it is def a coral. I have three small kids and no I am afraid to let them play outside. Yes, I know, it has probably been there for some time, but now I know and I can't get the vision of my two year old thining it's a stick and going to grab it cause it looks pretty and getting bit - out of my head. So, what do I do? Is there anyway to get it to "move out?". Can I (hubby) kill it? Do you think there are more? I'm freaking out over this and I know my FL buddies can help. Right?
What's the saying "red on yellow-kill a fellow...red on black...something...LOL...Anyway, it is a coral snake? That would freak me out too. I'd call the local wildlife people...don't try and kill it yourself. It can benefit nature, just outside of where you live.
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:55 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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Walk up to it and grab it behind the head and then grab the tail.
Corals are not that fast.
You can take my word on it.
I did 3 days in intensive care from a coral snake bite.
Oh my god...for real?? Whoa...hard lesson!!
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Old 09-24-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I should add that I am not joking here. I asked a boss at work how she deals with snakes, she said she used to ignore them, but now that she has kids she uses a machete and hacks them up.
Great lesson for the kids, just great. Nice. How irresponsible, imo.
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:23 PM
 
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You people that have snakes in your yard are lucky. I wish I had that. I have seen 2 ringneck snakes in my 2 years here (Doral).

All my neighbors have cement back yards perhaps that is why. My yard is grass with a pond but no snakes . I would love a Scarlet king in my yard even a Coral snake .
Perhaps someone makes fake Corals and Scarlet Kings that could be scattered around the yard in a neat symmetrical formation ; ill bet it would scare the real ones off. (your neighbors too)
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Old 09-24-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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Scroll down -- bon appetite ! : Toy Rubber Snakes, Snake Books & Videos, Fake Play Snake, Snake Posters

As for people who dont like snakes invading their yards, a simple flourescent colored sign that has a snake with a diagonal line thru it should suffice
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Old 09-25-2008, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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In the news today.

Anti-venom for coral snakes will expire soon - Bay News 9 (http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2008/9/25/385545.html - broken link)
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Old 09-25-2008, 10:04 AM
 
Location: anywhere
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Send your snake my way lol. I am absolutely terrified of frogs and they hang out over my front door and the only way I can get rid of them without screaming for a neighbor is when the snakes eat them.
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Old 09-25-2008, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Hope, AR
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someone go capture the snake so that this thread can sink to the bottom where it belongs
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Old 09-25-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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In the news today.

Anti-venom for coral snakes will expire soon - Bay News 9 (http://www.baynews9.com/content/36/2008/9/25/385545.html - broken link)

Theres going to be a run on signs that state : 'No Snakes allowed on property' (available in different languages) . That should take care of em .
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