We've recently cleaned up our back yard and spread some pea gravel where
no grass will grow. It was always muddy when it would rain, so we gave
up and just weeded the sparse grass down that did come up along with any
weeds. The pea gravel looks nice in the path, but today we found a good
size garter snake right in the middle of the gravel sunning itself.
I've read they like to do that sort of thing, but now I'm not so sure if
it's such a good thing, although we let it go in the back part of the yard.
I'm wondering if the warm pea gravel attracted the slithering creature.
I've read conflicting information on whether or not they're venomous.
Has anyone had problems with such snakes causing problems, or are they
ok and mind their own business.
Possibly if it was otherwise yet cool; they are, after all, not mammalian.
If it was a garter snake it is certainly _not_ venomous and harmless;
it'll catch and dispose of rodents and the like as a side benefit...
On Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:03:52 PM UTC-5, Muggles wrote:
No they are not venomous...they have reverse fangs that can snag and cause bleeding. I have been bitten many times...some are aggressive if you mess with them. I don't think this will be a reoccurring problem.
They are not a problem.
Just saw one near my garage.
I just used a broom to send it away.
I don't know why they sometimes seek open spaces,
it's like asking to be eaten by larger birds, raccoons, cats.
Garter snakes are not venomous. In the US, there are four types of venomous
1. rattle snake (numerous species)
3. cotton mouth moccasin
4. coral snake
The first three are all pit vipers. Pit vipers have triangular shaped
heads; the iris of their eyes is a vertical slit (like cats) rather than
round. They are all easily identified by he triangular head. In addition...
Rattle snakes have the rattle
Cotton mouths have a white mouth interior; mature ones are almost black
and are chunky.
Copperheads have alternating, irregular bands of brown/reddish brown and
tan/cream. Unfortunately, so do some non-venomous snakes.
Coral snakes have alternating bands of red, yellow and black; so do some
very beneficial king snakes.You can distinguish them because the red and
yellow bands of the coral snake touch; they do not in the king snake.
Additionally, coral snakes have a black snout, kings do not.
All snakes, even the venomous ones, are beneficial. Leave them be.
A venomous snake out in the woods is one thing ... a venomous snake in the
yard where my grandchildren are playing is another . There is an overgrown
empty lot next door to our house in Memphis . Our son and his family live in
that house . Last trip to Memphis , one of their cats was bitten by a
venomous snake RIGHT NEXT TO THE DRIVEWAY WHERE THE KIDS WERE PLAYING . That
cat died in less than a minute , it was struck in the neck . Evidence was
found close by of a nest with opened eggs , probably copperheads . A young
copperhead was killed a couple of houses down just days before this happened
. Now then , since all snakes are beneficial , should we just let them be
and risk one of the neighborhood kids getting struck and maybe die ?
I think not .
Be aware that any breed of snake will rattle it
tail when upset. Oh, BTW, pygmy rattlesnakes are
near the same size as a garter snake, but near
invisible on a brown dirt or old leaf background.
The pygmy rattlesnake does not have real rattles
but does have sharp teeth.
replying to Muggles, Snakeinthefire wrote:
Garter snakes are non venemous and serve a valuable function of insect and
rodent control! In fact most snakes are non venemous! Learn how to is the
dangerous snakes in your zone and live in harmony with all of them and stop
watching so much fear mongering television!
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