HELP!! How To Keep Away Rattlesnakes??

  1. Well ANY snakes for that matter! I live in an area where there are LOTS of snakes I have NOW been told. Mostly Rattlesnakes and my daughter went out of the house today, and came across one RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR DOOR...!!!

    Then my neighbor says they see them ALL the time in the yard!!! !! Soooo does ANYONE know how to KEEP them awwwwaaaaay???
  2. 25 Comments

  3. by   Rena RN 2003
    living in a different state would help.

    sorry, i have no useful info to offer at this time.
  4. by   tiger
    i don't know how to keep them away but i was always told(as a country girl) to make alot of noise prior to moving/walking when we were in the pasture area. snakes actually like to avoid humans. if they hear you coming before you get too close they may move on. good luck!
  5. by   Rustyhammer
    You don't have a cat?
    A good cat will keep the snakes away. So will some smaller dogs.
  6. by   Rena RN 2003
  7. by   Jay-Jay
    Gee...lucky you! Are you SURE it was a rattler? If it wasn't, nothing to worry about. All the other North American snakes are harmless. They feed mainly on rodents and other small animals. Smaller snakes such as garters go for frogs, worms and insects. They especially like brush to hide in, and rocks to sun themselves on. Old building foundations are a favorite haunt.

    It's not foolproof, but any measures that will control rodents will also help to discourage snakes by eliminating a major food source. Seal up cracks in foundations. Clear brush, fallen leaves and weeds from around buildings. Wear tall boots when in areas snakes are known to hang out. Don't reach into the bushes with bare hands.

    Many snakes return to the same spot to make their den year after year. If you can find that den, and eliminate it, this may be just what you need to do to keep your property snake-free. Rattlers often travel to a communal den to hibernate during the winter. The large number of snakes helps to create heat and keep them from freezing to death. If the winter den can be found and destroyed, you will have (literally) dealt a death blow to the whole local population.

    Dealing with a snake....just back away, SLOWLY. They are very sensitive to vibrations. Their eyesight isn't great, but they do see quick movements, and the pits in the front of their face pick up body heat. Given half a chance, the snake will flee. They usually only strike when cornered. One of the most dangerous situations is if you suddenly come across a snake sunning itself in the middle of a path or trail, and don't see it. This happened to my partner on a canoe portage trail. He stepped over a rotted log, and just missed stepping on a Massassauga rattler. I had no idea the rattle was so loud. It was like a million bees buzzing!!

    For the next few weeks, every time we came to a portage, it was, "Ladies first!" :lol:
  8. by   Rena RN 2003
  9. by   tiger
    hey jayjay. what about water moccassins(sp)? we were told they were dangerous and in tx.
  10. by   Jay-Jay
    Uh....I thought they were rattlers too. I forgot about the coral snake, which is NOT a rattler. Sorry, I'm from Canada, and rattlers are the only poisonous snake. :imbar
  11. by   Brownms46
    Rena unfortunately I'm here until July at least, and so can't move..! And Rusty...can't have a that is out..although I would like to have one... And tiger thanks! I will be making lots of noise whenever I go out of the house!!

    Rena thanks for the site! I have placed my order.. Keeping my fingers cross the stuff works!!!
  12. by   Brownms46
    Thanks Jay- Jay...but I'm NOT going to look for any dens...:chuckle! I'm going to have the guy who does my yard, put down the snake away also. I'm also going to go to the hardware store and find something to help me feel safer now. After showing my daughter some pictures of rattlers, I have come to the conclusion that the snake she saw was probably a bull snake.

    Althought they're not posionous, I have learned they will bite! And they rattle their tails, and minmic rattlers. She said the body was thin, and he disappreared behind some rocks in the garden next to the house. I also have learned that bull snakes can blend in with their surroundings. And my daughter says she couldn't see the snake once he went into the garden, but when he was lying on the concrete he looked like it. She thought the ground was moving!

    Since I now know there are rattlers around here, I'm still putting down the snake away, and will be making LOTS of noise!!!
  13. by   BadBird
    I hate snakes, I don't care if they help the ecological system, I hate all snakes !!!! Our previous house had hidious huge black snakes, the ones that I didn't kill I scared away. An old wives tale (which really worked for me, or else I killed them all) take baggies and fill with mothballs, poke a few holes in them and plant them around your house, keeps other critters away too. I hope you get rid of all your snakes, evil evil creatures.
  14. by   Dplear
    Texas is home to around 115 species and subspecies of snakes. The 15 venomous snakes in Texas make up less than 15 percent of the total number of snakes in the state. They are separated into four categories: coral snakes, copperheads, cottonmouths (water moccasins) and rattlesnakes.

    Coral snake