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Old 08-20-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Let me first get confirmation on what kind of snake this is. The popular vote is pygmy rattler. Secondly, they seem to be taking over my backyard. How do I get rid of them? Yes, I know the conventional, shoot 'em, and I have. I guess the real question is how do I get them to stay out of the yard? I do have an area with heavy shubbery and pine straw that I am trying to clear out. I'm sure once this is cleared, it will help. But they pop up every time I move something. It's really beginning to freak me out. I'm really worried I will move something or step on one that I don't see. I do not want to get bit. Any advice is welcome.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:27 PM   #2
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Cheap, we use mouth balls under the deer camp keep them away.

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Looks like a rat/chicken snake. The eyes always tell me. Round eyes NORMALLY a safe bet. Oval eyes are NORMALLY bad. We put out moth balls all around our barns and equipment it sees to help
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im no biologist but snakes stay where they have good habitat.snakes look for a good food supply and shelter.have you ever noticed any mice,rats,or toads or frogs?those are all things that would keep snakes around
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Is there a food source nearby. Water=frogs= snakes
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:32 PM   #6
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Lol I go to type something and someone bets me to it every time
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Dusky pygmy and a fine specimen at that... as well as a nice pic...
http://www.jacksonvilleshells.org/rat002.htm

And one of mine...
http://thefiringline.com/forums/show...ighlight=pygmy

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As for the eye... it is specifically the pupil... Cat eye pupil is a viper... round pupil is nonvenomous in north america.

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BTW, in my experience it seems 6 in the internal clutch is a typical litter. So if you kill half a dozen that would likely be from a couple litters since some dispersal from each litter as well as a couple natural losses is to be expected.

In a nutshell... kill what you can to prevent future litters maintaining a population in your immediate vicinity...

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im no biologist but snakes stay where they have good habitat.snakes look for a good food supply and shelter.have you ever noticed any mice,rats,or toads or frogs?those are all things that would keep snakes around
Funny, you should say that. We normally see mice/rats and frog around the yard daily. My roommate was just commenting that the abundance of snakes probably explains the lacking population of rats and frogs this summer.
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