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Old 07-31-2021, 10:37 AM
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Anyone have experience dealing with snakes? I'm suggesting traps.

My ex lives on wooded property within a few yards of the house. Her smallest dog (terrier) has now been bitten 4 times by copperheads. She watched it happen last night. $1200 later the dog is still alive. The Mastiff was right there but avoided contact.

I suggest she get a .22 pistol but while we debate, wondered if anyone has dealt with this.

I found a timber rattler (thought it was a cute rat snake until I tried to get up close!) many years back. They pretty much nested in/around the foundation.
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:39 AM
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Anyone have experience dealing with snakes? I'm suggesting traps.

My ex lives on wooded property within a few yards of the house. Her smallest dog (terrier) has now been bitten 4 times by copperheads. She watched it happen last night. $1200 later the dog is still alive. The Mastiff was right there but avoided contact.

I suggest she get a .22 pistol but while we debate, wondered if anyone has dealt with this.

I found a timber rattler (thought it was a cute rat snake until I tried to get up close!) many years back. They pretty much nested in/around the foundation.
Get a pig.

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Old 07-31-2021, 10:52 AM
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...or a smarter dog.
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:56 AM
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critter answer

Mossberg 500 pump in .410, skeet loads, nice useful complete pattern for all types of garden critters.

Shotgun because you want to KILL it, not give it a sporting chance against a single projectile like a .22. 22 shotshells are next to useless, you want something serious.
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:59 AM
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...or a pig, a smarter dog, and tell your ex to quit bothering you with her snake problems.
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A firearm is good if you see them, but a hoe is just as effectife. The best thing to keep them at bay, because just because you don't see them doesn't mean they aren't there, are black snakes. I have a couple of nice black snakes here around the house and I suppose the field mice and such keep them satisfied. A few years ago I was seeing a copperhead on a regular basis but since the black snakes have stayed around I haven't see a copperhead in a couple of years.
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Snake avoidance training for the dog.

Or new dog from the shelter...
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A firearm is good if you see them, but a hoe is just as effectife.
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My Grandmother lived in NE Oklahoma, used a hoe on copperheads. A cousin told me at Grandma's funeral that if a notch was carved in the handle of her hoe for each copperhead killed, there would be no handle left.
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A hoe works great on snakes around the house but an outdoor cat is more effective. Get the cat and the snakes disappear. Voice of experience.
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Ho ho ho!

If she doesn't pack a pistol with snake shot, practice with it a lot so she doesn't hit the dumb dog, and watch said dog every second, good luck with that.
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Copperheads love leaves and twigs and such, cleaning out their habitat helps, unfortunately most folks love mulch...so do Copperheads.
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A hoe works great on snakes around the house but an outdoor cat is more effective. Get the cat and the snakes disappear. Voice of experience.

My cat leaves bodies on the front porch.
Proof hes earning his keep I guess. Or hes showing me how much I suck at hunting.
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I have killed two 3-ft. copperheads and a whole bunch more smaller ones with a little NAA .22 revolver loaded with Federal crimped shot shells. Granted, I generally shot them more than once, but I never failed to kill the snake.

I prefer to use something bigger, such as a .38 with snake shot or a .410. But, when the weather is warm, I always have the little NAA clipped to my belt, and so that's what I generally use.

Cottonmouths, are a different story. Think I would just retreat to a bigger gun, instead of relying on the NAA.

One way to avoid snake bites is to scout the area before letting the dogs out, especially at night.

One time there was a copperhead by my back steps which bit both of my dogs on the face before I could restrain them. Their faces swelled up for several days but then they were ok. These were Cocker Spaniels.

Another option in snake habitat is to carry a long stick to either kill the snake, move it away, or keep the dog away from the snake.
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