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Old 02-11-2018, 09:59 PM
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I live out in the countryside of Texas. We have a lot of snakes including copperheads. Our female was once bit and needed a trip out to the emergency animal hospital. So far, that was the only mishap. Luckily, the last few snakes were seen and chased off or beheaded by myself before the dogs attacked them and got bit. So, does anyone know of any products like electronic repellents or powders that have kept the snakes away? The snakes are always near the back porch. Thanks of the info.
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Snake proof fence nets around perimeter of property. Vit C intramuscular buys time. As anti venom has such a short life span. Keep rubbish/weeds down. Mine are snake trained to indicate (bark) and sit in front of me but facing snake, not facing me n blocking any forward movement. There is no other time this signal is used by dogs. Real snakes that have been de venomed used in training. Most snake catching professionals will do this for a fee. Dogs know snakes r damgerous- but mine wanted to protect me by attacking it. So rather a risk. I encounter snakes 1-2 weekly. So training has lots of practise opportunities. So far no dogs bitten in past 6 yrs.
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I'm assuming you live out in the country. Here in CA we have rattle snakes. If I lived out in the country I would set up a dog run area and backyard that are fully snake fenced, with the fence buried in the ground and make sure all trees, plants, rocks, climbing surfaces etc. are pulled away from the fence line. If proper accomidations could be made I would also consider getting some pea foul.
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My dog is also trained to immediately return to my side when he encounters a snake or toad (the toads were a much bigger threat when we lived in Hawaii), which is important to us not only in our own yard but on hikes, camping, etc. I figure I have a better chance of shaping his behavior than o do at seeing every threat first for the rest of his life.

But I would be thrilled to hear of anything that can reliably keep snakes out of a yard; we move too much to do this right now but in the future I want to know all my options.


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Arrow eliminate cover & basking spots, wire CRAWL spaces closed

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@apergid , if the snakes are "always near the back-porch", then there's either good cover to retreat to, or a sunbathing / basking spot.
I'm going to bet there's a crawl-space under the porch floor - a nice shady hidden area that's out of the sun, but not too cold, & safe from big predators [like dogs] that would make a meal of a snake.

I'd wire the porch frame from the underside framing to the ground, with an in-ground installed hardware cloth, & make sure that it's galvanized - to slow any rust down. Bury at least 12-inches vertically, & another 12-inches horizontally, running OUT from the porch-edge. That way it won't easily be dug-under by burrowing animals, such as groundhogs, large rodents, or even rats - just in case there are any, locally.
[Snakes will use larger animals' burrows as an access point to the porch, if any critter dug under in order to reach the crawl-space.]
U can use S/S staples & a stapling handgun to secure the wire. // Hardware cloth is not cheap - it's welded at every intersection, so it's much stronger than other woven-fences; 1/2-inch openings are good, they keep out the PREY of snakes - which would also tempt them to follow after.

I'd also eliminate low-growing brush near the house, & any larger stones - basking surfaces are very valuable to snakes; i'd take them out, b/c in order to thermo-regulate, snakes move into & out of sun or shade.

Trees are fine, I'd put landscape-bark or another non-grass cover atop a layer of WEED BARRIER, so water can enter the ground, but grass won't sprout; this also protects the tree trunk from being bashed by a mower, or sliced by a weed-whacker. The cambium that feeds a tree's canopy is thin & fragile, & 5-minutes with a weed-whacker circling a good-sized specimen can girdle & kill it.

Brushy or thick-growing stuff, such as decorative clumping grasses, are perfect cover for snakes - open branching shrubs that allow U to see the ground & the interior of the bush are much safer.

I wish there was a commercial odorant of BLACKSNAKE or KING SNAKE, as both of them will eat other snakes, & venomous snakes avoid encountering them - laying down a boundary of their scent as a spray would greatly discourage incursions.

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