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there are only several poisonous snakes among the many snakes found in the United States

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Non-Poisonous Northern Water Snake -  Harbor Wildlife Control
Northern Water Snake - Harbor Wildlife Control

Snakes cause no property damage to the home, but seeing a snake or its shed (skin) may frighten some people. As a general rule snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them and often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction. Snakes--with their diet of rodents and insects--can actually help protect the garden you've been working so hard to keep healthy and vigorous. This article will try and shed a little light on this beneficial animal that tends to be shrouded in mystery.

Most people are bitten when trying to kill or handle a snake. As a general rule, snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them. Often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction. Snakes cause no property damage, but seeing a snake or its shed (skin) may frighten some people. Snakes are seen more often in the spring or fall as they search for food or move to and from a hibernation area. Snakes frequently are associated with small mammal habitat because rodents are a primary food source. For this reason snakes are considered beneficial to man.

There are two forms of control measures that can be taken (nonlethal and lethal). The difference is that while nonlethal measures can be taken at any time, lethal measures can only be taken when a snake is seen.

Timber Rattlesnake
Timber Rattlesnake (Poisonous)

picture of the fangs of a Rattlesnake

Closeup of Fangs

Nonlethal control measures are the most commonly practiced forms of control. Snakes can be discouraged from staying in an area by cutting off their food supply and cover. Mow closely around homes and outbuildings, and store firewood and lumber away from residences. Reduce mulch layers around shrubs to about 2 to 3 inches in depth to discourage small animals. Close cracks and crevices in buildings and around pipes and utility connections with 1/4-inch mesh hardware cloth, mortar or sheet metal. All doors and windows should have tightly fitting screens.

** Repellents such as sulfur or mothballs have proven ineffective at keeping snakes away from residences. However, snakes can be easily moved. Small snakes may be swept into a box or bag and removed. A large snake can usually be carried outside suspended over a long stick.

There are only several poisonous snakes among the many snakes found in the United States. However, this may be small consolation to you if you live in an area where one or more of these poisonous snakes are common. Small areas where children play can be protected from all poisonous and most harmless snakes with a snake proof fence. However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard.

The fence is made of 1/4 inch mesh wire screening built up 30 inches and buried 6 inches underground. It should slant outward at a 30 degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation must be removed along the fence, both inside and outside.

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