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Question DetailsAsked on 8/21/2013

How do you get rid of water snakes

We live near a stream and the snakes will come up the hill and into our garden or under our stone steps. They are fearless and aggressive and we would rather not kill them but want to discourage them. There are boulders and woods along the stream so they have alternative habitats.

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Here are a couple of articles on the subject:

http://www.snake-removal.com/

http://www.wikihow.com/Keep-Snakes-Away

http://www.stretcher.com/stories/02/0...

The are not coming to your house for habitat - they are probably looking for rodents and insects around the property. Your best suggestions are to keep the vegetation mowed as short as feasible between you and the water because they don't like area open to predatory birds, eliminate all nesting spots for snakes and rodents, and eliminate all sources of rodent food possible.

The very best solution is a cranky old farm-raised adult cat kept only about half fed, but don't let it have free access to and from the house or you will find it bringing snakes inside for your approval. And of course, if you have cottonmouths or rattlers you may go through a few before you find one that can defeat the snakes consistently.

One other thing a wildlife biologist designed for a job I worked on where there was a serious cottonmouth problem, which seemed to wok pretty well, was a fence about 3 feet high made of several layers of loosely hung bird netting draped over a barbed wire fence - the fine nylon type of tree protection bird netting, dug into the ground a couple of inches so they cannot crawl under, and the barbed wire holds the netting on without anything more than occasional wire ties. The netting is very fine and while they can fit through the holes in one layer, trying to go through several layers catches their scales and they don't like it. Be prepared to find some caught in the fence however, so if you are not prepared to kill or remove them, this may not work for you. And of course you are talking a pretty long fence, though cheap per lineal foot, and because the netting comes in black and dark green, not overly visually distracting.

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