My cat seems to be doing a pretty good job of keeping the garden free of
pests this year. Normally he's pretty oblivious and attacks things that I
WANT in the yard - this year he's going after mice, moles, squirrels, and
racoons. The only thing he is going after that I wish he wouldn't is garter
snakes. I love snakes in my garden - eat all the sluggies and bugs that the
birds leave behind. I was actually hoping to have a nice bumper crop of
strawberries this year - the bushes are producing prodigiously, but the cat
is hunting all the damn snakes. Who's gonna eat the slugs when the snakes
are driven away?
Do you suppose eventually the snakes will give my cat a mouthful of bad
smell and put an end to his games(I thought garter snakes released a stinky
cloud from their anal glands to deter predators)?
Snakes are remarkably resilient--once ran over a big king snake on a
dirt road with all four wheels of a '76 Lincoln Town Car (didn't mean
too, but couldn't stop in time to miss him). I figured him for a dead
snake, but no, he coiled up and stuck his tongue out at me and after a
while he crawled off, didn't seem to be any the worse for wear.
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