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Liriope

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Posted: 04/01/12 07:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We live in AR during the summer. We have a big Rat Snake that likes to soak up the sun on the front porch. When we come out, it jumps off into the bushes. I see her almost every time I mow the fields (10 1/2 acres). At first I tried to run her over with the mower on the tractor because I thought it was a Cottonmouth. I looked it up on the internet and found it to be a Rat snake.

So I named her Tammy after a snake of a past tenant and now when I see her, I mow somewhere else until she moves. Have grown to sorta love the old gal in a funny way. She is just doing her job eating my field mice and other snakes so I let her have her space.

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I regret killing the last two that tried to get into our home.
One was on the front door. I didn't see it our neighbor killed it for my wife.
It was up one side of the casing over the top and part way down the other side.
The one I saw, years later, was over the patio door. It stretched from just about the ground over the top and down all the way the other side.
It was as thick as my forearm.
I went to get a gun to dispatch it. When I came out it was on the ground and within a few feet. It made a terrible stink.
I probably could have picked it up as I have smaller ones. I've had my arms bleed from some snakes from them struggling to get loose. Those scales on their bellies can cut pretty deep when they squeeze.
Only thing is if I had let it go it would probably have found a way in the house. They must have smelled our Daughter's Guinea Pigs.
last year was dry and hot and almost no winter this year. Little young snakes are pioneering and a lot, of people are going to encounter them. Today I saw several killed on the roads. Almost all of them were black and cream with yellow tint along the sides of their bellies. Rat Snakes I think. Won't hurt anything but will stink if you get near them.

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Posted: 04/01/12 09:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I know they are here for a purpose,,,,but not around me.....410 with bird shot works for me!!!


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Posted: 04/01/12 09:27pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

down home wrote:

...snake in the rat trap next to house. ...What's a good way to catch them?

More rat traps? Seems to be working so far.


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Posted: 04/01/12 09:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Out in the middle of nowhere far from civilization I leave all snakes alive -- rattler or not. Even around my camp I would rather chase it back into the brush than kill it.

Close to town or other people I kill rattlers, but leave others alone. Snakes do a good job at keeping mice and other small vermin under control, so let them be if possible.

There is a small amount of innate snake fear in everyone. Make a concerted effort to rise above it. I see no purpose in killing an animal solely because of irrational phobias.

As mentioned above, rattlesnake meat is rather mild. Not much flavor. Sort of like cheap processed pressed chicken loaf.


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If you are close enough to a snake to catch or kill it, you are close enough to it to get bitten by it. Most snakes want to be as far away fom you as you want to be from them. If you can't identify them, go away and leave them alone. Way too many good snakes are killed that don't need to be. Also, some like the Indigo snake, are an endangered species and can cost you avery large fine.


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Posted: 04/02/12 10:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Though I’ve never killed a venomous snake, I think I will follow the following policy upon the first “encounter”, if and when it occurs:

If I encounter a rattlesnake going to a mine or ghost town, I will give him a wide birth and return home using a different, distant route from the first. If I must return exactly the same way that I “went”, then I’ll kill a rattler because I may not see him on the return trip; he may not rattle, and if he does, I may not hear it.

I won’t kill snakes (except water snakes) unless they are a real, direct threat.

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