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Old 04-21-2013, 08:42 AM   #85
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I was in Sweetwater a few days ago. On the way to WA from the Poteet Strawberry Festival. Saw nary a snake. Diesel at WW with the card $3.65. We have our share of snakes in WA, along the Columbia and Snake rivers and in the scab rock country. They can give me a fright, when unexpectedly discovered. But if I know they are there they don't bother me at all.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:46 AM   #86
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My instinct when I see a snake is to appreciate its role in the web of life, helping control rodents. Also, they are very beautiful and remind me of the age of reptiles millions of years ago.
My instinct when I see a snake is to appreciate its role in the web of life, helping put cheap food on my table. Also, they are very beautiful and remind me of the taste of sage hen. This is a great snake year in Arizona, so far our count is eight, and now we even have some of the meat in our freezer.

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Just saw our green and yellow striped snake between the garden and back door. Now up to about 2' long.

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My instinct when I see a snake is to appreciate its role in the web of life, ......
I appreciate it's role in keeping down the number of field mice and wood rats where I live. They don't get them all but they do like a nice rodent dinner.
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I am terrified of snakes. I would have had a for sale sign up faster than a person can blink after the first sighting of a snake. You are a brave person. We live in North East Texas and the snakes here & I have an agreement. They stay out of my territory & I stay out of their's. So far it has worked. lol
Amen! So many people are talking about eating them. Negative, Ghostrider. My agreement is I don't bite them and they don't bite me.
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I don't like snakes and I don't like spiders. I try to stay as far away from both as possible.We have a lot of black widows here.
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I suppose if I was starving to death I would eat a snake. But only then.
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If you live in FL you are by far more likely to see snakes anywhere in your local are than you are in the Midwest. Fl is one of the most densely snake populated states there is. I live in a populated suburban area and it is nothing for me to see 100+ a year in my own yard ranging from moccasins to copperheads to the harmless black racers. Bottom line is this, there are no "special" precautions to take out there that you shouldn't already be taking. You are already living in snake central so anywhere you go it can only get better...right? Besides, all them rattlesnakes want to do is keep you away from them and they will even offer you a gracious warning, unlike our damn cottonmouths which will chase your ass for 50 yards trying to sink their fangs in you.
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Almost stepped on a black racer yesterday as I was organizing my rig's basement. Love them, ' cause they don't nest in my vehicles or feast on my wiring, but eat things that do. HATE rodents, so I have to love the slinkeys.
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Originally Posted by wincrasher View Post
Is there anything that keeps them away - like sulfur - or ultrasonics - or is that a bunch of hooey?
I use a Browning 12 GA with #8 shot...Works wonders... I live in a neighborhood that has woods and a creek behind us, I also have a wall that separates my back yard from the woods. Well 16 years ago I made an agreement with the "slinky critters" (we have a lot of copperheads). They can stay on the wooded side of the wall and live a long life, however, if they come on my side of the wall I will introduce them to my friend "Mr. Browning." It took a couple of years before they started believing me but all is good now. I only saw evidence of one snake last year (saw a shed) but no snake....

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