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Old 08-28-2009, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Fort Collins,Colorado
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Yall are scaring me to death with all this watch out for the snakes.Is it that bad?? I really wanna live in the country.Is seeing snakes something I'm gonna endure often? Will they get in your house.OMG I would die! Just die!I am originally from TN. so is that comparible?If so its not THAT bad.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Cool Snakes...schmakes...

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Yall are scaring me to death with all this watch out for the snakes.Is it that bad?? I really wanna live in the country.Is seeing snakes something I'm gonna endure often? Will they get in your house.OMG I would die! Just die!I am originally from TN. so is that comparible?If so its not THAT bad.
Leaving CO...I've been living in MOSTLY rural areas since I got to Missouri 17 years ago. I've seen a total of 3 snakes.

The first was hanging around a guy's neck at a swimming hole near Diggins.

The second was swimming along merrily at the edge of the lake. It was brown with a diamond pattern...I googled it and discovered it was a brown diamond back, definitely not poisonous. It was about 3/4 of an inch in diameter, about 12" long. The kids next door were swimming & playing...he kept hanging around them, like he wanted to play. He, sadly, got up in my boat motor and didn't get to play any more.

The third was a big black King snake...my good hillbilly friends told me that they're "good" snakes that eat ticks & grubs & nasty insect-y type critters so they're GOOD snakes!

I don't know why people make it seem like the ground is littered with snakes here...other than those folk determined to single handedly hold down the immigration numbers into Missouri...(you know who you are)...it's like anywhere! In Northern CA...we had lots of snakes out in the country. I remember seeing little rattlers on trails, and snakes near the rivers...

Are there snake population statistics available?

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Old 08-29-2009, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Rolla, Phelps County, Ozarks, Missouri
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I don't know why people make it seem like the ground is littered with snakes here...other than those folk determined to single handedly hold down the immigration numbers into Missouri...(you know who you are)...it's like anywhere! In Northern CA...we had lots of snakes out in the country. I remember seeing little rattlers on trails, and snakes near the rivers...
That would be me you are talking about.

Snakes certainly can be a problem, and the OP probably ought not move to rural Missouri. I've seen way more than 3 snakes since I moved my family here from Georgia back in 1953. I've seen copperheads in my garden and rattlers on the road while bicycling, in addition to non-venomous snakes.

Once while visiting friends at Table Rock, one of the kids came in and said there was snake curled up on the front porch. It turned out to be a baby copperhead.

People like the OP who are deathly afraid of snakes ought not move to Missouri, or if they do, they should stay on the pavement in St. Louis or Kansas city.

Not trying to keep the OP from moving here, just trying to be helpful.

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Will they get in your house.OMG I would die! Just die!
When I was a kid my grandmother had the back storm door propped open so she could carry boxes in and put them in the attic. She got up on a stepladder to open the hatch to the attic. She pushed it aside and something fell out, over her shoulder and down her back, landing on the floor. It was a black snake, which slithered away, out the open back door. Gives me the creeps, even though it was a harmless black snake.

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I don't know why people make it seem like the ground is littered with snakes here...
Years ago, I visited a man who lived south of Rolla a few miles to see the earthen dam and lake he had built. He also had constructed a boardwalk around the perimeter of half the lake. When we went out on that boardwalk so he could explain the construction to me, he made sure we took along his scrappy little dog. He explained that he usually saw one or two copperheads either on the boardwalk, along its edge or in the rock bluff. Fortunately, there was no snake that day.

By the way, it is illegal to kill snakes in Missouri. They are considered a state resource.

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Old 08-29-2009, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Not on the same page as most
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We saw these two beauties on our land in Mansfield. We were really impressed, and curious as to what they were. We think they are prairie king snakes, but the locals on here probably could tell better. They were about 3 1/2 feet long.
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Old 08-29-2009, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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Wink Snake research...

...yes, there are snakes in Missouri, and I don't mean to minimize the fact.

I'm just saying that I haven't seen many.

After we found the little brown diamondback, I went online so I could tell the GOOD snakes from the BAD snakes...you should, too!

Snakes of Missouri: Venomous Snakes (http://mdc.mo.gov/nathis/herpetol/snake/snake2.htm - broken link)
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Old 08-29-2009, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Table Rock Lake
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Default NEVER kill a black snake!!

All snakes are not bad! See these pictures

Why You Never Kill A Black Snake Gallery

In the 10 yrs we have been here, I've only had one encounter with a truly aggressive copperhead. I didn't WANT to kill him, but he kept coming at me, and he gave me no choice...
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Old 08-29-2009, 07:54 PM
 
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I've seen about every Snake you can think of here.Inside and outside the House.Mostly Copperheads as matter fact I had a couple doing the Wild Thing just outside my Front Door.

Seen Big Rattlers had a neighbor have half a Gallon Jar of Rattles.Both my Dogs have been bit,a neighbor kid got bit.

Had a place North of here that had several Rattlers.One time my SIL came to stay for awhile.She pulled in the drive I went to go greet her and there was a Rattler in the Hallway.I didn't have anything to kill it so I caught it and carried it past her coming in.She was having second thoughts on staying.

Had snakes so bad in the house my wife spread Moth Balls around so bad I couldn't stay in the house,got my Dog and slep in a Camper we had.

But have seen Cool Snakes like Spreadheads and Milk Snakes.

hillman
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Finally escaped The People's Republic of California
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Last Year I spent a week wandering around Northern Arkansas, Bella Vista was base camp ( Wifie's Uncle's House), Spent a day on Beaver Lake, another on a little lake in Bella Vista, and several days fishing in a little creek behind uncle's house...I saw more snakes in that week than I would see in California in 5 years......and this is from a guy who fishes 50 times a year, and hikes, and camps.. Most snakes in California are rattlers, racers, or gardeners....
I have no idea what all thoses snakes in Arkansas were. I only responded to this thread because Bella Vista is right over the Missouri State line..........
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Old 08-29-2009, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Near West Plains, MO
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We made several trips back and forth before we finally moved
for good. On one trip I had left a blanket outside on the porch,
and went and picked it up and put it in the breezeway. It was there
all day on the floor. Later I picked it up and moved the blanket.
Yet later again I turned on the light in the breezeway and there
was a pretty good sized snake. I did what any normal human
would do - I screamed. No one came running so I screamed
again. Son and hubby came to find out what the commotion
was about. Hubby grabbed a bar be cue tonge and the snake
curled around it. He took it out across the road and let it go....
much to my dismay he brought the tonge back (I would have thrown
the tonge and the snake into the field, LOL). It was hard opening
that door for him while he was holding that tonge with a snake
wrapped around it!

If I would have been here alone that day I proabably would have...
called the sheriff or something.
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Old 08-29-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: at work!
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Yall are scaring me to death with all this watch out for the snakes.Is it that bad?? I really wanna live in the country.Is seeing snakes something I'm gonna endure often? Will they get in your house.OMG I would die! Just die!I am originally from TN. so is that comparible?If so its not THAT bad.
I lived on the edge of 300 acres of Ozark woodlands for about eight years, Only had one blacksnake in the house. Most snakes I came across were harmless. The others I just stepped around. They don't want to bother you any more than you wish to bother them. The only precaution I took was to wear baggy pants with good sturdy boots if I were out tromping in the woods. I have done herping since I was a child, I'm in my 50's and haven't been bitten by a venomous snake yet. Pretty good odds for someone who seeks them out. Just use common sense when in thick brush, such as not wearing flip flops thru the brush.
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