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Control Snakes in the Garden

May 2, 2007

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To have a snake or two in the garden is good.  Non-poisonous
snakes, such as the common garter snakes, are beneficial
creatures because they eat pest insects, mosquito larvae,
slugs, snails, crickets, rats, mice, voles  and  even other
snakes which may be poisonous.

But if you really don’t want snakes in your yard and garden
here are a few tips to eliminate them without hurting or
killing them.

Keep the lawn neatly cut and clean.  Be careful using weed
eaters because the sting from the fast moving string can
kill them.

Snakes need cover for protection.  Don’t leave wood or brush
piles sit in one spot for more than a month.

Keep leaves and other debris picked up.

Don’t keep piles of rocks.

Stack firewood on a rack 12″ off the ground.

Remove old lumber or junk piles.

Remove their source of food.  Keep the insect and rodent
population under control.

Place garbage bags in sealed trash cans away from the house.

Repair cracks along the foundation and fill holes around
pipes. Snakes only need about a ¼ inch crack to get inside.

Sprinkle moth balls around the perimeter of your yard or
garden.  But beware that these can be dangerous to pets and
children.

Sulfur from a garden center is said to keep snakes away.

Don’t plant bushes and other plants too close to the
foundation of the house.

Use mulch in the garden beds but not too thickly.

Trim the lowest limbs on shrubs and bushes so they are at
least 12 inches from the ground.

Construct a fence around your garden with heavy galvanized
screening.  Make it three feet wide with quarter-inch mesh.
Be sure to bury the bottom of it six inches below the soil
surface.

For more help on controlling snakes:

http://www.apluswriting.net/garden/snakecontrol.htm

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Author:  Marilyn Pokorney
Freelance writer of science, nature, animals and the
environment.
Also loves crafts, gardening, and reading.
Website: http://www.apluswriting.net
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Non-Venomous Snakes

April 11, 2007

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Non-Venomous Snakes

All the snakes on this page are Non-Venomous.

Common Rat Snake Elaphe obsoleta

Common Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis

Common Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula

Red Belly Water Snake Nerodia erythrogaster

Black Racer Coluber constrictor

Brown Snake Storeria dekayi

Pine Woods Snake Rhadinaea flavilata

Pine Snake Pituophis melanoleucus

Giant Garter Snake Thamnophis gigas

Eastern Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritus

Western Ribbon Snake Thamnophis proximus

Coachwhip Snake Masticophis flagellum

Scarlet Snake Cemophora coccinea

Checkered Garter Snake Thamnophis marcianus

Brown Water Snake Nerodia taxispilota

Diamondback Water Snake Nerodia rhombifer

Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platirhinos

Western Hognose Snake Heterodon nasicus

Eastern Indigo Snake Drymarchon corais

Narrowhead Garter Snake Thamnophis rufipunctatus

Northwestern Garter Snake Thamnophis ordinoides

Plains Garter Snake Thamnophis radix

Shorthead Gater Snake Thamnophis brachystoma

Western Blind Snake Leptotyphlops humilis

Texas Blind Snake Leptotyphlops dulcis

Lyre Snake Trimorphodon biscutatus

Lined Snake Tropidoclonion lineatum

Rough Earth Snake Virginia striatula

Smooth Earth Snake Virginia valeriae

Ground Snake Sonora semiannulata

Short-tailed Snake

Redbelly Snake

Mexican Blackhead Snake

Southeastern Crowned Snake

Flathead Snake

Southwestern Blackhead Snake

Plains Blackhead Snake

Rim Rock Crowned Snake

Western Blackhead Snake

Florida Crowned Snake

Big Bend Blackhead Snake

Chihuahuan Blackhead Snake

Yaqui Blackhead Snake

Santa Cruz Garter Snake

Night Snake

Gray-banded Kingsnake

Prairie Kingsnake

Sonora Mountain Kingsnake

Milk Snake

California Mountain Kingsnake

Cat-eyed Snake

Sonoran Whipsnake

Striped Racer

Striped Whipsnake

Salt Marsh Snake

Mississippi Green Water Snake

Plainbelly Water Snake

Southern Water Snake

Florida Green Water Snake

Brazos Water Snake

Concho Water Snake

Nothern Water SnakeBrown

Water Snake

Rough Green Snake

Smooth Green Snake

Mexican Vine Snake

Saddle Leafnose Snake

Spotted Leafnose Snake

Gopher Snake

Striped Crayfish Snake

Graham’s Crayfish Snake

Glossy Crayfish Snake

Queen Snake

Longnose Snake

Big Bend Patchnose Snake

Mountain Patchnose Snake

Western Patchnose Snake

Black Swamp Snake

Green Rat Snake

Glossy Snake

Baja California

Rat Snake

Trans-Pecos Rat Snake

Worm Snake

Scarlet Snake

Banded Sand Snake

Western Shovelnose Snake

Sonoran Shovelnose Snake

Kirtland’s Snake

Black-striped Snake

Sharptail Snake

Ringneck Snake

Speckled Racer

Baird’s Rat Snake

Emory’s Rat Snake

Corn Snake

Slowinski’s Corn Snake

Fox Snake

Mud Snake

Rainbow Snake

Mexican Hooknose Snake

Western Hooknose Snake

Desert Hooknose Snake


Venomous Snakes

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Venomous Snakes

The snakes below are all venomous. If you ever find one stay away from it.

Copperhead Agkistrodon contortrix

Cottonmouth ( Water-Moccasin ) Agkistrodon piscivorus

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus

Pygmy Rattlesnake Sistrurus miliarius

Eastern Coral Snake Micrurus fulvius

Western Coral Snake Micruroides euryxanthus

Timber Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotelus atrox

Speckled Rattlesnake Crotalus mitchellii

Sidewinder Crotalus cerastes

Rock Rattlesnake Crotalus lepidus

Mojave Rattlesnake Crotalus scutulatus

Massasauga Rattlesnake Sistrurus catenatus

Blacktail Rattlesnake Crotalus molossus

Lower California rattlesnake Crotalus enyo

Canebrake Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus

Twin-spotted Rattlesnake Crotalus pricei

Western Rattlesnakes Crotalus viridis

Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber

Tiger Rattlesnake Crotalus tigris

Ridgenose Rattlesnake Crotalus willardi