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Old 08-20-2011, 09:55 PM   #11
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The head doesn't have the typical pigmy shape, I say grey rat snake.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:01 PM   #12
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Moth balls work but the over abudance of them makes fer a nasty smell....snakes (venomous or not) are a necessary part of life...good luck on it...
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:02 PM   #13
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Thanks for the advice everyone, I will definitely try some mothballs.

Hotdog: you seem very knowledgeable about snakes. Your pics are great, but I have no desire to play with them dead or alive. After shooting it, it gets disposed of so the dogs and cats won't play with it. I don't know a lot about snakes but have heard they can strike even after killing them. I don't feel the need to test that information. I have only killed one, but have seen at least three different ones now. If there are more, they all look similar from the distance I am looking at them. I can only tell the different ones from color variations. Does that also indicate more than one litter, say if one looked more blue/gray and another was a red/brown?
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:04 PM   #14
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Oh and BTW if you zoom in on the pic, you definitely see the cat slit pupil and little rattle on the end of the tail.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:17 PM   #15
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we are high and dry. not 1/4 mile just around the corner is snake country. its been that way for as long as i can remember. this year is a different story. way more snakes and way way more widows. black, brown, crossbreed white with neon orange hour glass on the belly. moth balls make me sick. i cant stand that smell. if this keeps up i will have to get use to the smell of my grandmothers house. ha. every day im knockin down webs and widows. under the seats of my boy's bikes and under the grill. EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:19 PM   #16
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We had a similar situation when we lived in Jacksonville. We had a pond in the side yard and were surrounded on 3 sides by woods. We even had them get into the house on 2 separate occasions when it was hot outside and they were looking for cool places. 1 came in through a bad seal in a sliding glass door and 1 came in through the garage. This went on for about 18 months. At one point we killed 12 snakes (including a cotton mouth) in one day.
We tried mothballs and sulfer but still had snakes.
We cleaned out all of the ground cover around the house and tore out a ground level wood deck and started keeping ducks in the yard - no more snakes. We got the suggestion from a guy at the feed and seed store and it worked. (We tried geese too but they were too aggressive and bit the kids). BTW the picutre sure looked like a pigmy rattler to me.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:21 PM   #17
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deleted second post - sorry for the double post

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Old 08-20-2011, 10:53 PM   #18
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That is most definitely a Pygmy Rattler or I call them a ground rattler.
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Old 08-20-2011, 10:57 PM   #19
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Yes... I set it as b-ground to "zoom". One reason I say you got a great pic is you got all the identifiers in one frame. Color and markings ideal, see pupils and the little "flat larva lookin" rattle.

My knowledge is either first hand or researched for woods time. We come across many snakes while 3-5 dogs are workin' the dark for hogs in woods swamp and fields. Luckily most dogs will bay a snake before tryin' 'em hard.

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Ive heard that "SnakeAway" works. Ive never used it myself.
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