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Old 04-07-2011, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I thought this was usefull and pretty cool site Todd.

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I don't live there, but thought this site might be helpful to identify snakes in the SC area.

SC Snake Pictures Page
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Old 04-07-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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I thought this was usefull and pretty cool site Todd.
Thanks, I really, really hate snakes, but thought that site might be of help to the OP.

They were here first, so were the Indians and look what we did to them.
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Summerville
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This is serious.

You people just let snakes and gators run loose??? There are not people employed down there whose sole job it is is to kill these critters at first sight??? Unacceptable.

I'll take your grits and other food I have never heard of. I will not deal with gators and snakes. Please rectify this before i arrive. TIA.
Now that was funny......
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:04 AM
 
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To the OP - I think it may be a red bellied water snake. I've seen a lot of cottonmouths and haven't seen any with red tails. Water snakes are completely harmless. They do have a personality issue - they are very feisty. They bite first and "ask questions later". Most people get bit trying to pick a snake up or trying to mess with snake (ex: poking it with a stick).

I wouldn't get rid of it because you are right, you'll create a "habitat sink". More will just move in to the unclaimed habitat. It's actually a good thing to keep a non-venomous snake around because its presence will claim your habitat and make it less likely that another snake of another species will stay in your yard.

I have seen it a few times now, and I think you are correct, he looks a lot like the red bellies on the website posted. We are definitely a live and let live kind of family, and if he can keep the pest population down, well then, more power to him! I'm still not going to allow the dogs to swim in the pond for now, just in case I am incorrect, but every time I go out there now, he (or she, but my hubby named him Snoopy, so I guess he's a he to us.) slithers down into the water reeds and stares at me with just his head above water. We actually fished for about an hour last night with him just staring at us, and ducking under whenever we looked his way. I will not be getting any closer to him, and as long as he doesn't get any closer to us, we are fine with letting him stick around.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:34 AM
 
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A water moccasin floats on the top of the water kind of like a floaty. A regular non poisonous water snake swims with the majority of its body submerged. That is the best way to tell without getting too close and personal. You should never kill a non-poisonous snake. I think your odds of dying from lightening are 1000 times higher than from a moccasin bite. The only time you should kill a poisonous snake is if it is making a home close to your living quarters. They are very beneficial to the environment they live in. If you see them close to your house I guarantee you have a vermin infestation.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Here, finally
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Thanks for the info on the snakes. I feel the same thinking about snakes as I do when I try to watch those autopsy vids

Understanding thier place in the ecology it's much easier to accept them as a positive force in the surroundings. We've discussed snakes and gators at length...we both get the heebie jeebies thinking about dealing with them...

In the midwest, you have to go looking for snakes, and gators...well, you know
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Old 04-09-2011, 07:57 PM
 
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This is serious.

You people just let snakes and gators run loose??? There are not people employed down there whose sole job it is is to kill these critters at first sight??? Unacceptable.

I'll take your grits and other food I have never heard of. I will not deal with gators and snakes. Please rectify this before i arrive. TIA.
Stay in Mass...The critters are stressed enough with all the development in the area. Their habitat getting destroyed is why they are living closer to people. The low county has a higher snake density than almost anywhere in the USA. I have property in Orangeburg county that is crawling with rattlers, copperheads, moccasins, and have never felt the need to kill a one. The worst snakes I have ever met are the two legged types.

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