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I don't know snakes and I am not going to take the time to go get a book. I killed one in the grass yesterday which was HUGE. <snip>
I just can't take any chances with my girls playing in the yard. And we have a 3 year old next door who wanders over to swing on our swing set. I'd rather have a dead snake then a hysterical snake bitten. child.
Very few snakes want to bite people... they'll skedaddle before it gets to that point. You might want to look into which snakes live in your area; more than likely, you have more beneficial snakes than venomous ones. Our black snakes here will get rid of mice, rats AND copperheads, and they rarely bite people, so killing one would do more harm than good.
Even a venomous bite is rarely lethal, depending on the type of snake. Most 3-year-olds are loud enough that the snake would get outta Dodge long before the child was close enough to bite!
(Sorry, I hate to see living things killed, especially ones that actually help us!)
Yikes Hopes - that's a lot for anyone to deal with.
Things I have learned on teh interwebz today:
1) Dew will have a new BFF soon, and won't have time for us commoners.
2) Some chicks get addicted to writing gay porn fan fiction, and their boyfriends are worried (Relationships forum).
3) I am only going to take parenting advice from you if you are a 48 year-old from Zimbabwe who has a DS10 and a DD8. If not, you can not possibly relate to me in any way.
4) Mr. FR likes "The Hof".
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