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Old 06-14-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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Being relatively new to San Antonio, I was horrified last night to find a rather large snake slithering across the lawn of my backyard. About 10pm last night I let my dogs into the yard for a potty call and once in the yard the dogs started barking. When I went to investigate what the dogs were barking at, I discovered, what seemed to me to be, a large dark colored snake at least 3 feet long and larger than a water hose in diameter. By the time that I went into the house and came back with a flashlight the snake was gone from my yard, I believe that it slithered under the fence to my neighbors yard (of course I notified the neighbor). Needless to say that I'm totally freaked out about this, are snakes normally found in residential areas??? Construction of new townhomes began a few months ago across the street (on Dugas Ave) from my home, could this encounter be a result of the construction? Does anyone have any idea of what kind of snake this could have been (not that knowing what kind of snake it was will make me feel any better about the encounter, smile). I'm totally freaked out and now afraid to go into my yard after dark. I love San Antonio and would hate to have to consider leaving, I hope someone out there can offer some information that will help to calm my nerves.
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Old 06-14-2008, 03:48 PM
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Snakes are common here, along with spiders and scorpions. There's a long thread with more discussion at the link below. Snakes eat destructive rodents, so they're not all bad.

Snakes, Scorpions, Lizards...HALP!

As the thread discusses, you'll see more of those critters while your neighborhood is under construction. They get displaced from vacant lots.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:00 PM
 
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Well, I can't imagine leaving bc you saw a snake!!!! Plus, I can't imagine where you could move and see no snakes!! (I guess up north??)

Like the pp said, snakes do a lot of good! And honestly, the snake doesn't want to see you either. I've lived here almost my whole life and I can count the number of snakes I've seen on one hand... my husband and I do a lot of hiking etc and we have yet to see a snake.
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Old 06-14-2008, 04:23 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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being the one thing in this world that I am afraid of, is snakes, I've only seen a very small number of them also, and if I remember correctly. dont believe theres any that you got to worry bout in Tex that are dark in color. They do come out at nite. heat and all that. construction will cause them to head to less populous areas.
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: West Creek
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the only snake you should really fear is the Rattlesnake those can be deadly, what you saw was probably a garden snake, or a gopher eater.
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Old 06-14-2008, 06:15 PM
 
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Hawaii has no snakes, I will miss that!
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Old 06-14-2008, 08:46 PM
 
Location: San Marcos
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Snakes are common here, along with spiders and scorpions.
And water roaches! Don't forget those
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Old 06-14-2008, 09:06 PM
 
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our current home backs up to Leon Creek so we get lots of snakes in our backyard as well in the front yard --- more than likely what you saw was just a garden snake, harmless --- we have mostly found garden snakes in our yard but we did find 2 coral snakes once ...
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Old 06-14-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Well, I can't imagine leaving bc you saw a snake!!!! Plus, I can't imagine where you could move and see no snakes!! (I guess up north??

There's snakes up here too!
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Old 06-15-2008, 12:13 AM
 
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I am terrified of snakes! Like, utterly ridiculously terrified! So, to be humorous, the good Lord sends plenty in my direction. My family and I used to live in Green Spring Valley on the north central side of town off of Bulverde and 1604. In about a sixth month period we had about five, long black snakes join us in the backyard. Then, we found hatched eggs and baby grass snakes inside the little door on the exterior of our fireplace in the back of the house. That was so sick! We lived right in the middle of the neighborhood. No fields, woods, boulders, nothing around us but other houses. Now, I live on the growing northwest side in a new neighborhood. My house backs up to a ranch, which I am sure will soon belong to production houses. Anyhow, in October we woke up to find our cat with a softball sized head due to being bitten by a rattlesnake. Poor baby! We didn't know that was what happened, and we left him there thinking, as cats do, he'll clean himself up. I went home on my lunch break and took him to the vet. The little bugger lived after a week at the vet and antibiotics. Thank goodness! He get struck right on the front of his skull so the venom didn't sink in. Instead, it trickled down his little face and ate a junk out of his neck. I also found a shed snake skin in my front flower bed. Like I said, I am terrified of snakes, but I have to move on, scared and all!
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