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I know that I have snakes, but how can I get them gone?

I just bought a house 3 months ago my back yard backs to the river and just to mention my back yard is very very big. Well when I opened the shed doors I found 3 fresh snake skins "rather big I might say". Well I have spotted a few snakes sometimes. But now I am getting the smell of cucumbers "that means copperheads". I have a 6 year old daughter, I don't want to be afraid to go outside and also not not her be alowed to play. So how do I get rid of them, or keep them out of my yard anything so I can at least take her outside to play and I can mow without the fear of being bitten...????

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  • 1 decade ago
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    snakes need food, water, and shelter just like any other animals. I would start by being very diligent about keeping small rodents out of your yard to cut off their food sources. set rat traps in places that your daughter can't get to, but that rodents can. having an outdoor cat is a good way to do this too. my parents cat was the Queen of killing chipmunks in their neighborhood.

    don't leave any standing water in pots and stuff and don't leave piles of wood or other things overturned in your yard that snakes will want to crawl under and take a nap.

    having a fence that the snakes can't climb or get under (mesh is good for this) would be another option too, but that might get a bit pricey.

    there aren't repellents and stuff that will keep snakes away, so your options are a bit limited. experts say that moth balls have absolutely no effect on snakes, just so you know. hope this helps!

  • I've always heard the smell of honeysuckle vines were indicative of copperheads. Copperheads generally are not an 'aggressive' snake, they instinctly freeze on sensing danger. Copperhead bites are more frequent from venomous snakes but have the mildest venom. The copperhead prefers vines, brush, and debris piles to live in. The adult copperhead will reach about 30 inches in length and be about 2 inches in diameter.

    Cottonmouths are much more aggressive and also prefer to live near water. Be careful, cottonmouths will defend their ground and attack. The cottonmouth venom is more toxic than the copperhead. The adult cottonmouth can reach about 48 inches in length and are closer to 4 inches in diameter and sometimes larger in length and diameter.

    Below are a few links for you, the first is info on the copperhead, the second is a picture of a copperhead, and the third is a picture of a cottonmouth or water moccasin.

    The safest action is to avoid all snakes, but the quickest identifier of a venomous snake is to look at the head, a poisonous snake will have a triangular shaped head.

    As for getting rid of them....you're in their habitat....I don't know what to tell you except keep brush and vines well trimmed, elminate any debris piles, and keep you lawn cut. Avoid any contact with any snakes. If you are in an area which would allow, I would consider keeping a firearm available, preferably a shotgun...or keep a garden hose handy as this could keep a snake at bay long enough to retreat to safer ground.

  • 1 decade ago

    Get a dog or a cat!

    Snakes won't stick around if there's a pet in the yard. Fence the pet in, and the snakes will stay out of the fenced in area!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well you can call a pest exterminator but for snakes that can get expensive. I would try some things like moth balls and camphorated chemicals that you can buy at home depot or Lowe's that have camphor in them you put it in bands around your house in months when snakes are active and it repels them quite well.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    like each reptiles and birds snakes have a unmarried beginning call the vent or cloaca the position faecal count number and uric acid are excreted mutually. excreting uric acid is extra powerful than urinating because a lot less water is wasted even as excreting wastes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Get a ferret for a pet.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Talk with SPCA. They may have some ideas.

  • 1 decade ago

    call st. patrick.

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