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Old 11-24-2007, 09:18 AM   #11
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Now that I can do easily. Might start there - good and cheap option. Thanks!
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:03 AM   #12
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I've heard they won't go across a rope, too. I think that's pretty interesting that it works. Good to know!
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Old 11-24-2007, 12:57 PM   #13
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In the lawn and garden center of your area hardware store will carry plastic owls. place a few in low branches or railing. Snakes will avoid as well as other type pests like rodents.
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Old 11-24-2007, 03:21 PM   #14
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Also, keep your grass cut short.

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Old 11-24-2007, 08:21 PM   #15
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If the snake stays in the grass, I can live with that. Only trying to keep it out of the house. Bush living, even in the city, has wildlife as part of the deal. Got the real birds in the garden to help keep them at bay! Thanks for all the suggestions guys!
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:31 PM   #16
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I second Renee's suggestion. Around here, we place the "fake" owls in areas we want to discourage snakes. I've also used mothballs. We had a snake show up under the refrigerator quite a few years ago. I've put mothballs there ever since. No snakes.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:47 PM   #17
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Mothballs sound like an excellent starting point. I have a lot of empty pots that you get when you buy herbs, so I thought I would put the mothballs in them and put along the edge of the verandah. (The pots are just to protect the cats from eating them.)
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:34 PM   #18
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My mother has an "underwater garden" (manmade pond)with lots of fish & frogs in Northern NY. She was having a problem with snakes eating her frogs & spooking the fish. She put out a fake owl like Renee said & it has kept the snakes away. Good luck, I am deathly afraid of snakes. My 2 year old has decided he loves snakes & daily says "look mommy, a snake." So far they have been pretend snakes but we do have boas on the Island & I really hope we don't see one.
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Old 11-25-2007, 12:29 AM   #19
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Think I would rather have the poisonous snakes and spiders than a boa anyday!!
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:33 AM   #20
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To DawnT: Spotted adders, more commonly known as the Eastern fox snakes, are harmless snakes. Was brought up in a miniature zoo with a herpetologist brother and those snakes are innocuous. They do look a bit deadly and can be mistaken for rattlesnakes (which are certainly poisonous and are in New York) and copperheads. Copperheads are generally only found in the southeastern portion of the state.

In any event if it is a spotted adder it can do no harm.

Edited for spelling, I hate when I have to do that.
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