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Venomous snake problem
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 Posted: Sun Mar 19th, 2017 09:03 PM
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SavageShooter wrote:
I agree with most comments here. Get rid of the food source and habitat for the snakes to reduce the population. Or, you find a predator that kills snakes and get it for a pet, aka: Mongoose kill snakes with ease. Or you can go all out and have a Hawk trained that will seriously destroy your snake population. But I'm betting it won't be cheap to buy a trained hawk. Although it would be a lot of fun to use him.

IIRC owning a mongoose in the US is prohibited as possession of an invasive species. But I could be wrong or the statute could have changed.

Federal Regulations
The Lacey Act of 1900 forbade importing only the small Indian mongoose (Herpestes ailuropunctatus). The same act as amended up to 2006 lists 7 of 19 species of mongoose (at least 30 species are known) as injurious ones for which no import permit can be issued.

More at: http://animals.mom.me/can-keep-mongoose-pet-2117.html



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 Posted: Sun Mar 19th, 2017 09:26 PM
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If a fella had a mongoose, what would he do then?



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 Posted: Thu Mar 23rd, 2017 04:05 PM
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swampshooter wrote:
Down here in South Texas the ranchers use Indigo Snakes.

On hunting leases we clean up all debris and put out an ample supply of rat & mouse poison, and keep it out. Otherwise you will have rattlesnakes.


Had to look up Indigo Snakes, never heard of, huge suckers, but immune to rattler poison and plenty fond of them for meals.............



 Posted: Thu Mar 23rd, 2017 04:54 PM
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I dunno. I've hunted Texas my entire life. Spent time outdoors year 'round, fishing when younger. I've owned my own place in Real County for 35 years, more or less, worked clearing brush, setting fence, building blinds, placing feeders, setting up a small range. Worked in rural areas here in Bexar County, with time spent in the same type of areas in Comal, Guadalupe, Medina, and a couple other counties. In all that time, I've seen TWO rattlers, maybe FOUR Corals, ONE water Moccasin, and ONE Copperhead? Eight venomous snakes in 50+ ears of outdoors? Three of the Corals were here in San Antonio proper, not rural areas. Am I not paying attention and not seeing all the snakes, or are some people just flat scared to death of all snakes and think about them all the time?

Maybe I just make too much noise and vibration when I move, and are scaring them all away.



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 Posted: Sun Apr 16th, 2017 12:32 PM
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I lived on 3 acres out by the White Tanks Mountains for 18 years. At the time we had 6 other neighbors living on similar lots. I became the local snake catcher. The gophersnake were by far the most common and rarely a kingsnake. These snakes I would bring home and slide into a gopher holes in my yard, no more gophers. The rattlers were rare in my area. I believe that was because of the gopher snakes. Those rattlesnakes I did encounter were easy to pin down and kill and tasted like chicken. I seriously recommend not killing the non poisonous snakes for they really do control rats, mice, gophers and other pest. As mentioned I'm very sure they do also repel rattlesnakes.



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We have bullsnakes out here that are death on rattlers. I tried to teach my Emma not to kill them but she hated snakes with a passion and it was the only critter I couldn't call her off of until she got old and feeble.

And speaking of rattlers, Red Rock Pharmaceutical makes a vaccine to protect dogs from rattlers and copperheads. (Not good for Mojave Greens unfortunately.) It works. Jack got hit last fall and all that happened was his leg swelled up, but by morning it was back to normal. No ill effects and he never showed any awareness of his 'wound.' I recommend that stuff and it doesn't cost much.



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I seriously recommend not killing the non poisonous snakes for they really do control rats, mice, gophers and other pest. As mentioned I'm very sure they do also repel rattlesnakes.
Agree 100%. Oldest son called me the other day, his in-laws saw a couple of Texas Blind Snakes in their bathroom. Wanted to know if it meant the had an issue with subterranean termites. Told them doubtful more likely meant their plumbing fixtures, particularly the toilet wasn't sealed, or bathtub wasn't sealed well, and they were being pushed from under the foundation by moisture.
TBS are about six inches long, and you have a Hell of a time convincing people they are NOT "baby snakes" that will grow up to kill them.
Owner of two of the stores Mrs. Charley has her stuff in saw a TBS in one of the stores last week, and freaked out.



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I agree, leave the non-toxic ones alone, they are highly useful and not a hazard.



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