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Old 04-25-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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I got a black snake living under a concrete pad in my backyard. I was out there with the mower yesterday and the darn thing came out and was easily 2 feet long. I have spotted field mice in the backyard and wondering if I should leave the snake alone. Also there are some neighborhood cats walking back there.

Should I just leave the snake alone?
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Old 04-25-2008, 02:42 PM
 
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Leave the snake alone. It's most likely a harmless black rat snake -- they can grow to substantial and scary lengths. We've found them in various places in our yard, including one 5-footer slithering in the ground cover in the backyard.
So long as it's not coming in the house, no worries.
(If it comes in the house, call an exterminator....)
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:35 PM
 
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My family had a problem with several poisionous snakes (rattlesnakes, moccasins and copperheads) on our property. A local farmer told us to get geese. They did get rid of the snakes. And acted as a burglar alarm. And supplied fresh eggs and Christmas dinner. However, now knowing geese as I do over several years, I'd rather just live with the snakes.

I second claremarie's opinion.
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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I'll third that. Most of the area is heaven for mice. Unless the snake becomes some sort of problem on its own account (which is unlikely), I'd say let it be your 24/7 unpaid anti-gnawing-rodent sentry. There are a couple of websites that list and show at least reasonable pictures of what sort of snakes are around. If you got a decent look at it, you might be able to pick it out and then learn more about what it's like. Google "virginia snakes" and take a look...
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Old 04-25-2008, 10:52 PM
 
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I got a black snake living under a concrete pad in my backyard. I was out there with the mower yesterday and the darn thing came out and was easily 2 feet long. I have spotted field mice in the backyard and wondering if I should leave the snake alone. Also there are some neighborhood cats walking back there.

Should I just leave the snake alone?

Can I respectfully ask where you live please? I am terrified of snakes (even non-poisonous ones) and actually believed that they are not common in urban areas (at least near housing communities). Am I completely wrong?
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Old 04-26-2008, 05:26 AM
 
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Old 04-26-2008, 09:08 AM
 
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Can I respectfully ask where you live please? I am terrified of snakes (even non-poisonous ones) and actually believed that they are not common in urban areas (at least near housing communities). Am I completely wrong?
Had to jump on this. I am terrified as well, especially since we got a teeny tiny little harmless baby snake in our house a few months back -- which I almost picked up thinking it was a toy before the hissing started. Gag. The animal control people figured it came through the dryer vents and told us to put mesh over them to discourage snakes in the house. We live in Ashburn Farm which is very suburban. I've seen a few bigger ones out on the walking paths.. So yes, they can be common in housing communities.
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Old 04-26-2008, 12:12 PM
 
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A simple solution to removing the snake is have the snake want to be somewhere else. Hence, put mice in your neighbors yard.
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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My neighbor saw one Thursday near her garage in Kingstowne, swore it was 2-3 feet, of course she didn't hang around long enough to find out. Maybe it's the time of year when they are waking up and feeding???
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:59 PM
 
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I have a heavily wooded area in my backyard. There was mice living in those plastic things under my downspouts after i turned one over after mowing the grass. I would rather have the snake around keeping the mice population down right? My neighbor also said he has a box of .22 rounds that need to be used haha
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