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Old 08-11-2012, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Not where I want to be
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Hi everyone. I had made the comment to twink that I had never seen a snake in my yard in all these years I've been here (40+) in the Copperhead thread and I see it is closed.

As I've stated before, snakes are not on my "favorites list". Last Thursday I was walking from the front yard into the backyard and there was a 3' snake going across the path! I think I scared him more than he scared me though. He ran faster from me and I actually didn't run! I observed him instead when he stopped. That was all because of you guys here. I came in and searched and found out he was a harmless garter snake. If I hadn't learned about snakes from you guys, I would've been on the hunt to kill it instead of enjoying looking at it.

Many thanks from the snake and me.
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Old 08-11-2012, 03:52 PM
 
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That is wonderful! I'm happy you are willing to learn more about who you share your environment with, many people aren't, or just don't care. I've tried to tell my neighbors not to be scared of the garter snakes we have, but they still turn and run.
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Old 09-21-2012, 02:41 PM
 
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Just want to make a comment about copperheads. We had an incident last weekend with a kid being bitten by one here. Is it because I've never delved into snakes before but I had no idea that we even had that type of snake here in Mass.! I somehow imagined copperheads as "western" snakes.
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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lots of copperheads in the south too- especially in NC.
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Old 09-23-2012, 07:42 AM
 
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Just want to make a comment about copperheads. We had an incident last weekend with a kid being bitten by one here. Is it because I've never delved into snakes before but I had no idea that we even had that type of snake here in Mass.! I somehow imagined copperheads as "western" snakes.
Thankfully they are extremely rare up here. The northeast area also has timber rattlesnakes, but again they are extremely rare, and experts say the numbers are declining. I do a lot of hiking in the woods, if venomous snakes were common like they are in the south I'd be walking with a big stick just in case I startled one. I do come across non-venomous snakes sunning themselves on rocks sometimes.
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:27 PM
 
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The Blue Hills used to be infested with rattlers years ago. That's why they brought in the Black Racers...to clean up the rattlers. Hubby and I came across two rattlers in our journeys of hiking everywhere we went. One was in Whitman's Pond, on one of the islands out there. I think the other time was up in Vermont at a butterfly place.
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Old 09-24-2012, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Hi everyone. I had made the comment to twink that I had never seen a snake in my yard in all these years I've been here (40+) in the Copperhead thread and I see it is closed.

As I've stated before, snakes are not on my "favorites list". Last Thursday I was walking from the front yard into the backyard and there was a 3' snake going across the path! I think I scared him more than he scared me though. He ran faster from me and I actually didn't run! I observed him instead when he stopped. That was all because of you guys here. I came in and searched and found out he was a harmless garter snake. If I hadn't learned about snakes from you guys, I would've been on the hunt to kill it instead of enjoying looking at it.

Many thanks from the snake and me.
Good for you! You are so brave! Really, I mean that. A small garter snake got hopelessly stuck in my pond netting last spring. I went out and spent at least half an hour cutting away that plastic, nylon mesh. I did a great job. The little critter didn't have a nick. Did I mention that I don't do snakes?
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