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Old 02-12-2021, 12:57 PM
 
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Over the years we have killed maybe 10 of them. Most were found around a tarp that was covering wood.
We always wondered if such a small snake could be an adult.
If not where is the mama snake? Nothing close by but a 10 foot over grown area between the back of two yards.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:38 PM
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Why are you killing them if you don’t even know what they are?
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:41 PM
 
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Why are you killing them if you don’t even know what they are?
We know they are snakes. They appear to be baby snakes. We hope they are adult snakes or worse the mama is close by. They have the ability to bite and we don't know what type snake it is. Clearly not a green snake or harmless black snake. We don't want snakes, baby or mama, around children and other adults.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:48 PM
 
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You're not going to get a lot of sympathy about killing small snakes that are outdoors when you don't even know what kind they are. Venomous snakes in the US are usually easy to identify. What's more, most snakes are not only harmless, but helpful to the environment. Why don't you at least try to take a photo and look up what they might be?
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:54 PM
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We know they are snakes. They appear to be baby snakes. We hope they are adult snakes or worse the mama is close by. They have the ability to bite and we don't know what type snake it is. Clearly not a green snake or harmless black snake. We don't want snakes, baby or mama, around children and other adults.
You won’t get snakes if you remove their food source= rodents and bugs. They are very useful to the environment.
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Old 02-12-2021, 01:59 PM
 
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It's a summer time thing and around a place to live like a folded tarp. The next one we'll capture in a jar and take to the local nature museum for identification.
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Old 02-12-2021, 02:02 PM
 
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The only small snake I'm afraid of is a Pygmy rattler. I know a lady who picked up a flower pot she thought was empty, and the snake bit her on her hand. She almost died before the ambulance got to her house.

I find garter snakes all the time though and they are totally harmless.
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Old 02-12-2021, 02:03 PM
 
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It's a summer time thing and around a place to live like a folded tarp. The next one we'll capture in a jar and take to the local nature museum for identification.
Where do you live?
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Old 02-12-2021, 02:04 PM
 
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Don't kill snakes if you don't need to. Next time you see one of those snakes get some pictures of it and post them here or in the Nature forum for identification. It's extremely important to ID them so you'll know if they're venomous or not. ALL snakes are usually shy and frightened of people and they only bite to defend themselves when they get taken by surprise and feel threatened.

But all snakes are beneficial to garden and yard areas because they keep the area clear of nuisance rodents like mice, rats, moles, etc. that can cause damage to your house and property. So in most cases snakes are a very good thing to have on the property and they should never be killed. But if they are venomous snakes or if you have very small pets or egg-laying chickens on your property you need to stop giving the snakes a place to take shelter (which you have been doing) and once they have no shelter then they will leave your property and not come back again.

Tarp covered dry wood piles and overgrown brushy areas like what you have provided them with are the absolutely ideal protective shelters for snakes to take up residence. You have invited them to live there by providing them with shelter so if you don't want snakes in your yard then you need to cut back, clear out and completely open up the overgrown brushy area. Get rid of the tarp covered wood pile or else if you need the wood pile then elevate it up on a solid wood or sheet metal platform that is at least 12 inches or higher above ground level so that you can clearly see under it with a flashlight. Do not store anything under the platform.

When you want to remove pieces of wood from the wood pile it's important that you must first of all take a big stick and bang hard on the wood pile all over to cause vibrations and make a lot of noise and disturbance so you won't surprise the snakes, so you will frighten them away in advance and they will flee from you instead of trying to defend themselves. If you have any piles of rocks on the property you will need to get rid of them too because snakes like to live in and under rock piles as well, or to sun-bathe themselves on sun heated rocks to warm themselves.

Take away their home and you won't have any more problems with them taking you by surprise and frightening you.

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Old 02-12-2021, 02:33 PM
 
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Could you at least describe the snake? Is the head V shaped, or rounded? V for vipers. And vipers will have toxins. Rounded heads, snakes are safe.
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