Snakes. I am, once again, overrun with SNAKES. Now, on my last property, I had the same problem. I killed many snakes, and ate many snakes. Only now, it's worse. My current home has three different creeks feeding into a washout basin pond, that trickles off into one single creek. The three creeks have been swollen, to much rain lately, fast running, and spilling over their banks. The pond is unusually full. (And it has trout. Yum) All those creeks though, are bringing in snakes by the hundreds. They get caught in the rushing water, and end up in the pond, and come slithering out. I have lost a few chickens, and one goat. I am NOT happy.
This morning, wife got bit by a cottonmouth. Got one fang into her bare foot. Now, she knows better then going outside right now barefooted, but her mind was off other places this morning as usual. She just had to have fresh daisies for the kitchen table before breakfast. So she went out in her nightie and bare feet, and got bit by a snake in the flowerbed by the porch. She is resting comfortably in the bed now, her foot purple, and swollen up to football size. I wish I could say she has learned her lesson, but she probably has not.
Now. I don't feel right killing something and not eating it. However, there are just to many snakes to kill. The non poisonous variety are fine. I know how to spot those, I aint got no problem with those. But the moccasins, copperheads, and cottonmouths, etc, well, I nearly got bit the otherday. And that's a RARE occurance for me. Walking from here to the barn to feed the critters is like navigating a slithering hissing minefield.
I don't want to go on a homicidal killing spree of all things slithering. I would rather do this the humane way. However, capturing them and taking them elsewere does no good. Every day, more snakes wash in. They sun themselves on my front and back porch. They sun infront of the new barn. They sun in the driveway. They slither out of the pond and all over the yard. I saw snake nets that are made to hang in a creek and keep snakes out, but, and this is my own logical conclusion, all that does is catch snakes and cause them to drown. As well as back up with weeds, silt, branches, etc. Does not look practical. Not at all.
The only good thing that has come out of this is several hawks have come snake hunting, and they are beautiful to watch, but they also like to come after the chickens, which is bad. However, an entire army of hawks would not be enough to clear the land of it's snake infestation. A guy from SC Fish and Wildlife was out here in my direction after several folks in my area have complained of the problem, and he said the same thing. Snake infestation. Not much you can do. Not enough food for all of them here, they will go away sooner or later. Which is not good enough. It's dangerous now.
Any ideas short of importing an army of mongooses? Or should that be mongeese?