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Old 03-19-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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...... you can bet the shotgun would be aimed at the snake-I would deal with the law later if need be.

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OK, let me be even more helpful, ok? Shoot it NOW!
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JUST SHOOT THEM!!!!
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Just shoot the damn snake .

This is a PERFECT example of why you don't mess with wimmins of C-D Forum Huntsville !!!
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Derby, KS
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I used to live in a somewhat residential area that was near a drainage ditch. We used to get everything from coons, to opossums, to snakes...and even a coyote from time to time. We lived outside the city limits so anything was fair game. As long as we were protecting persons & property and NOT poaching game animals out of season there was not one thing wrong with it.

My father and I would frequently shoot snakes in our yard as well as do it for a favor to our neighbors if they asked. 12 ga 2 1/2 birdshot shells would usually do the trick well enough.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:44 PM
 
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This is a PERFECT example of why you don't mess with wimmins of C-D Forum Huntsville !!!

You are right...when it comes to a snake!!!! I make hubby kill em all...even the garter snakes.

In my mind, there is no such thing as a good snake...and you will never convince me otherwise

I hate even showing houses with pet snakes....eek! I had a client once who walked in a room before me...he said.."Oh, Snake!"...out the door I went!
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Old 03-19-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Here are some Official State resources on killing snakes:

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If you are bothered by the presence of a snake around your home, you should take steps to clear your property of habitat that would be attractive to them. Piles of firewood or debris and tall grassy or overgrown areas are attractive spots for foraging and denning.

Despite your best efforts to discourage snakes from inhabiting your home and garden, you may find an occasional unwelcomed guest of the reptilian persuasion lurking about... Before you decide to kill a snake in your garden or barn, you should determine whether or not the snake poses a danger.
Snakes: Alabama Wildlife Damage Management (http://www.aces.edu/forestry/awdm/reptiles/snakes.html - broken link)

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If you encounter a venomous snake, instead of trying to capture or kill it, simply leave it alone and allow it to flee and move away. If it is in your yard, consider calling a professional wildlife damage control agent and have it captured and removed before killing it needlessly.
Snakes: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Here's a list of what NOT to kill (Cottonmouth snakes aren't on the list):

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It shall be unlawful to take, capture, kill, or attempt to take, capture or kill... the following nongame wildlife species...
Nongame Species Protected by Alabama Regulations

You just missed the deadline (March 16, 2009) on this technique:

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The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board has unanimously passed a motion to make it "illegal to introduce gasoline or any other noxious chemical or gaseous substance into wildlife burrows, dens or retreats."
Gassing burrows has been outlawed - Bolton's Outdoors Alabama - al.com

All you really need to know:

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The bite of the cottonmouth is highly dangerous and may be fatal.
Cottonmouth Snake in Alabama
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Old 03-19-2009, 03:10 PM
 
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I saw the title and thought well was he comin out the back door? or runnin off with somthing
It seemed funny til I read the thread. I'd act to protect the children if it's needed. If there was time I'd relocate them, they don't mean you any harm. Sounds like you might set some traps and clean the area out or put a snapper or two in the pond. They eat snakes right?
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:17 PM
 
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OK, I'm back. I called the Sheriff and it looks like they are fair game since I'm outside the city limits. Still, check for yourself if you are in the same situation...

Thanks for all the replies, especially the post from Reactionary. Thanks bud.

I probably won't get another clear shot at the snakes. Today the wife had me clear all the high weeds and such around the water. It is probably more my fault for leaving the water edge a mess.

And yes, this is a fairly new subdivision with alot of small kids. My main concern was any legal issues from ticked off parents in the neighborhood. There are alot of trouble makers out there...
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Old 03-19-2009, 09:42 PM
 
Location: Sweet Home Alabama
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There are alot of trouble makers out there...
NOT if they SAW you WITH the shotgun! LOL

Ok OK OK , I really am just kidding. But, dude - next time JUST SHOOT THE DAMN SNAKES!
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Old 03-20-2009, 06:20 AM
 
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I don't mean to get technical here, but you don't have to have a shotgun (scarring the neighbors) to shoot a snake.

A little pistol or revolver will do. They sell catridges with 'snake shot' pellets inside instead of bullets. Everytime you go outdoors you can just grab a little pistol and put in your pocket, just in case there're snakes out there.
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Old 03-20-2009, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Hville
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I don't know, the thought of seeing the snake in separate sections would make me feel better when I toss the remains from my property.

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Old 03-20-2009, 09:41 AM
 
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Why take chances?

A little pistol with snake shot vs a 12 gauge? I'm a big believer in overwhelming force, especially when dealing with an existential threat - wouldn't want to get snakebit.

It reminds me of a friend who shot up the inside of his house (in OXR) trying to kill a snake. He used a pistol with snake shot and ended up having to shoot it several times. What a mess. He considered using a shotgun but didn't want to ruin the flooring. There may have been whiskey involved.
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