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racsan 03-24-2009 10:46 AM

wriggly critters! keep or not.
 
with spring i have found a pair of garter snakes, while im not a big fan of them , could they be of good use rather than evicting them? as long as i see them first they dont bother me much, id hate to be surprized though. http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l2.../90-115075.jpg they are not as big as it seems, only about 8-10 inches long, that "thing" behind them was a cut-off end of a pine cone.

glennjanie 03-24-2009 03:12 PM

Hello Racsan:
Those snakes are rodent deterents (they eat mice). Some folks like to have them and Black snakes around for rodent control. If you or your wife have apprehensions about them, its time to get rid of them.
Glenn

racsan 03-24-2009 10:37 PM

im thinking this pair is a male/female. one has slightly different coloring than the other. wife isnt too happy about them. theyve been in the same area and i think there nesting under a flower bed. im thinking i should evict them, if it is indeed a pair, more will follow!

travelover 03-25-2009 06:56 AM

They are harmless. I'd leave them alone and be glad for the fortune of living somewhere with a healthy enough environment to host these guys. With roads and sprawl, it is harder and harder for such critters to live. And they'll pay you back with keeping the mice at bay.

Chickensaur 03-25-2009 09:45 AM

Garter snakes are not completely harmless. It has been determined that the saliva of the snake actually is slightly toxic. It's toxic to small animals that they prey on. For a human it can cause swelling or a burning rash.

travelover 03-25-2009 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Chickensaur (Post 28801)
Garter snakes are not completely harmless. It has been determined that the saliva of the snake actually is slightly toxic. It's toxic to small animals that they prey on. For a human it can cause swelling or a burning rash.

I think you could say the same for humans...:D

inspectorD 03-25-2009 05:17 PM

This is nothin
 
I live in the country, we have these guy's all over the place...plus plenty of extra snakes and varmints you never see.
We had a mountain lion 2 weeks ago...leave the snakes.:D
Think of it this way, if you did not see them they are not there, right?:)

Chickensaur 04-06-2009 09:41 AM

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Originally Posted by inspectorD (Post 28814)
Think of it this way, if you did not see them they are not there, right?:)

Exactly...while doing some landscaping and overturning dirt I found a snake. Not sure what it was (though I looked up local poisonous snakes in my area and didn't see anything that looked like it) but it went underground and seemed to be afraid of me...so I'm just gonna forget and let it go on about it's business.

PKLehmer 07-06-2009 08:32 AM

I'd slice them in half with a shovel...

Thats once I was done squealing like a little girl


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