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We have black snakes all over the place where I live, they don't hurt anything (except bugs & lizards), but I am like you-petrified. Alot of people feed stray cats around here just to keep them in our yards because they keep the snakes away. There is also a powder called Snake-Away you can purchase and sprinkle anywhere you go and don't want them to be.

First study up on snakes in yor area.  Garden Snakes as we  called them in Pa. will not harm you but Rattlers will.  Next always wear 'stiff' (hard to penetrate) clothing and hip boots(are best but wear closed toe shoes at least) when doing yard work and very sturdy gloves.  Prior to putting your hands inside anything use a rake or other long handled object to move it so you can see inside.  As you work and clear your Yard snakes will move out.  They hate people.  Also do  heavy duty clearing in the winter when it is cold.  Snakes will be much slower if you run into one then.  Plus they usually go under ground when it gets cold.  Do a web search on snakes to verfy what I have said and to find more ideas.  As for your fear only time and determination to get over it will help (in my opinion).    

shelia heard:
 I was just wondering how the rest of you handle a fear of snakes that keeps you from getting started with a gardening job.I was raised in the country and of course as a kid we take alot more risks without a second thought.We were always playing in the woods and sticking our hands into berry bushes and honeysucle vines even though the last thing we'd hear from our parents before taking off on another adventure was "always" "you'd better watch out for snakes" and "ya'll be careful and watch for snakes".We never really saw any but I don't doubt they were there.Well we just recently bought a house with 4 acres and I am thrilled at the thought of the potential for gardens and flowers beds.But we have had several run ins with snakes already.We had one climbing up my bedroom window(outside after some baby birds),and several uncovered while raking leaves.So now I find myself putting off all the plans I had for my yard.I'm afraid I'm going to uncover them when I'm composting,or pulling back mulch in my flowerbeds,or raking.Our house is 50yrs old and so I know it's not as well sealed up as the more modern homes and we've had lizards get in so I know a baby snake could too.I want to get passed this and enjoy life in the country but I really don't like snakes.I know some think they are pretty and wonderful creatures but they give me creeps.So how do all of you get past the possibility of having an encounter with one while gardening?Thanks


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