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Old 10-03-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I grew up right across from a seasonal slough, so I saw lots of snakes - plenty of them Water Moccassins and Copperheads. However alarming you may find them, the good news is that they'll ignore you unless they perceive a threat. So give them a fairly wide berth (about three to four feet) and you're likely safe. Rattlesnakes are another story, as some species are fairly high strung - give them at least TEN feet berth (I've NEVER seen a rattlesnake in the wild though, apparently rattlers tend to prefer dry or well-drained areas).

Even so, the best defense you have against snakes is to know where they are and where they like to curl up.

*Keep grass cut short (for obvious reasons)
*If you keep firewood or logs, look to make sure there's no snake there before grabbing one
*Ditto for any trash that is likely to provide good cover from the sun for a creature the size of a snake.
*Fill in any holes in the yard, or (if possible or reasonable, fill in any cavities in trees).
*If you have a chimney, put a screen over the chimney top - yes, snakes can and sometimes do climb up onto roofs.

*Any other precaution thought up by you or the other posters.
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Old 10-06-2008, 01:36 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Something else to keep in mind about snakes. They help to keep the rodent population down. I've never had a snake in my home but did find them outside. I'll usually use a rake to try to pick it up and move it out the yard if it won't move. This was out of concern for our dog and the snake. Not trying to scare you but you should learn about the brown recluse spider. Just about anyone can recognize a black widow spider but it's the brown recluse you need to be wary of more than any snake. Their bite won't kill you but it can do some damage. Look it up so you'll know what to watch out for.
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Old 10-26-2008, 12:30 PM
 
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Just moved to Covington from New Jersey. Am deathly afraid of snakes. I saw two on the road. It appeared to be black or dark green with a yellow pattern. There is a small brook at the end of my property, anything to be concerned about. Afraid to allow the kids to play in the yard
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:56 PM
 
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Just moved to Covington from New Jersey. Am deathly afraid of snakes. I saw two on the road. It appeared to be black or dark green with a yellow pattern. There is a small brook at the end of my property, anything to be concerned about. Afraid to allow the kids to play in the yard
OMG I just moved to Covington-in a subdivision and not 4 weeks later there was a snake in my garage. I about FREAKED out. It was not that big (so says hubby) and we looked it up on the internet to find that it wasn't poisonous, but nonetheless, I changed my mind about setting up my craft room in the garage because of it. I have a fear of snakes to the point where when I was younger I CONSTANTLY dreamed about LOTS of snakes being around me and having to find my way out. More like a nightmare! We live near a bayou, but far enough away that I didn't even consider that might be an issue. I've even changed my mind about wishing we'd bought one of those "waterfront" homes lol. But, I'm trying to talk myself out of the mentality that they're out to get me and if hubby will have 1/2 of the garage closed in, I might reconsider moving out there!
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