I like these guys:
|This black racer was hanging out in a swampy scrubland area
It’s truly incredible to me that many folks – even country folk that should know better – will kill the snakes in their yard.
Here’s why you shouldn’t. If you have ever complained about:
5. Berry-eating birds
…then you should hope you have snakes!
Think about it this way: which do you prefer?
Snakes are natural pest control!
As a top-end predator, snakes are essential balancing agents in your garden, yard or farm. Rather than killing them, we should deliberately create habitat.
Rock, stick and log piles create good places for these vermin destroyers.
Even stacks of flower pots work well. Look at this beautiful ringneck my daughter and I found while potting up plants a few days ago:
I can hear some of you now: NO! Creating snake habitat is… SCARY! I mean, what about rattlesnakes???
C’mon, don’t be a wuss. Seriously.
Unless you have rattlesnakes around your property, you’re probably going to be fine. Their favorite place to live is generally gopher tortoise burrows.
What you want is to leave space for good guys like rat snakes, black racers, garter snakes, ring necks, king snakes, etc. They’ll manage your pest control, plus add some slithery beauty to your homestead.
I recommend you get familiar with the good guys and start letting the natural pest control happen shovel-free.
Heck, pick up a good field guide… maybe you’ll start thinking snakes aren’t so bad after all.