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  •  Where I live (4+ / 0-)

    Northern San Diego County is a desert environment.  We live on 6.5 Acres carved out of a mountain top.

    Every year in the Spring and early Summer I run across Rattlesnakes on our property.  There is one rock pile that is perfect for them.

    Whenever I encounter a snake, my response is to make noise so they will move away.
    It works every time, so far.

    That is not to say that the snakes don't alarm me.
    Every time I go out in the Summer I am aware of my surroundings. I don't want to make the mistake of stepping on one of them because neither one of us saw the other coming.

    Several years ago, I went to turn on the water for our pool, stepped into the brush where the faucet was situated and almost stepped on a snake that was easily 4 feet long.

    He didn't hear or feel me, so I went and got a broom to tap him with.  My fear was I didn't know his front from his back.
    If he was facing toward me, I would have set a new Olympic record for the high jump.  Fortunately he went the other way.

    My point is this:  Let them live.  They are beneficial (think rats and mice).

    I tell my Grand-kids to "make noise" when the are out on the property.  Probably the only time they are told that.

    One other thing, mature snakes know to avoid you, young snakes do not know that.

    "If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve; if impeached, I will not leave" -Anon

    by Graebeard on Tue May 15, 2012 at 07:10:15 PM PDT

    •  One very large grown-up snake did not avoid me. (2+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, Polly Syllabic

      But that was such a rare event that it was worthy of a diary.

      The best "noise" to make is to walk heavily enough that the snakes feel the vibrations.  Most of the time that's enough to send them slithering away.

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