Yay for snakes!

Mar 23, 2009

It's a banner year for snakes in the Halleck garden. As you can see by the blurriness of the photo, it wasn't exactly easy to get a shot of this squirmy little guy, but you get the idea. It is a Texas brown snake. I have a bounty of babies in my garden this year. Just about everywhere I've started to dig around one of two if these little guys has popped out. I was removing a decaying stump from the back fence and fount a nest of them. I'm a reptile/amphibian enthusiast so snakes and the like bring me no end of entertainment. But I do realize there are a lot of you out there that would not be thrilled to find snakes in their yard. Texas brown snakes and rat snakes are non-venomous and they are a great natural pest control. They have small mouths so their prey tends to be small as well..they eat snails and slugs so they are great for gardeners. So your backyard chickens are safe...yay for snakes.


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Mar 23, 2009
9:39 am

I’m glad they are in your garden and not in mine! I don’t mind snakes as long as they’re not loose in my yard!

Mar 23, 2009
11:55 am

I don’t mind snakes that visit the garden either, so long as they aren’t rattlers. There was a gopher snake that used to hang out around the garden but I think it got too busy for his liking.

Jim Jankengt
Mar 23, 2009
11:57 am

I live in the country outside of Elgin, 25 miles east of Austin. I like snakes, too. But we have found 6 to 7 foot long rat snakes eating our chicken eggs and baby chicks (when we have them). I’ll leave them alone as long as I don’t catch them eating my chickens or eggs. They can eat all the rats and mice they like!

Leslie Halleck
Mar 23, 2009
1:36 pm

Yes, I think you’re rigth in that Rat snakes are bigger and capable of eating larger prey - I think Brown snakes are smaller with smaller mouths. Anyone out there every had Brown snakes go for chickens or eggs? thx

May 21, 2009
1:04 am

I’m so glad you posted this - not only did I find a little brown snake skin in my yard, I found a dead snake (i think my dog ate part of it) in my yard. But now that I know that they eat slugs, I NEED THEM BACK! I’m having the WORST time with slugs in my behind-the-kitchen garden…

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