I'm having problems with baby copperheads. Just this month I've found three. One of them got into my house. I've lived in the same house for 3 years and never had this problem before. I read that this is the month that they should be hibernating. Why are they moving around and what can I do to locate where they might be? Does this mean that the nest or den is close by?
By Stacy from Honey Grove, TX
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By Carol in PA11/02/2009
I think for a poisionous snake, I'd hire an exterminator.
I have garter snakes that live between my foundation and the sidewalk. I've had them come into my basement family room. They are very annoying. I live in PA where snakes hibernate for the winter. I understand that snakes don't like strong or bad smells. They are repelled by them. imho, one visit from an exterminator would be well worth the money spent. He can advise you about what you need to do.
Go to Sentinel Electronic Snake Repeller, lot of info there, good luck.
Here are questions related to Keeping Copperhead Snakes Out of My Yard.
Do copperhead snakes leave scents behind when they are killed to let other copperheads know the area is unoccupied? I ask this because we are staying on a farm and that is what they say. So we respect their wishes and we relocate the copperheads, across a river, instead of killing them.
Copperheads seem to travel in pairs, which is why you probably find another after relocating the first. There is also a nonpoisonous snake that closely resembles a copperhead. A veterinarian told me this. He said that people often kill it thinking it is a copperhead - even the old timers, but it isn't. One of the only ways to tell is to look for fangs, which I'm sure you won't want to do unless it's dead.
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Is there a snake I can keep around my property that will either eat or drive away copperheads? Last year we counted 5 different copperheads in our yard. As far as I know there are still there. I have a 7 year old and a 2 year old who think snakes are great. My 2 year old thinks she can play with them so I am terrified she will get too close to a venomous one. I won't kill them, but if I can get a non-venomous snake to move in to take their place it would be great.
Andrea from Grundy, VA
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