Irises forum: Snakes in your garden ?

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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jul 19, 2014 9:16 AM CST
There's been several mentions of "snakes in the garden", lately, and I just read an entry on the AIS blog concerning i.anguifuga, or "snake bane". Give it a read, if you haven't, it's quite interesting!http://theamericanirissociety.blogspot.com/ http://theamericanirissociety.blogspot.com/
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Jul 19, 2014 11:52 AM CST
I read the article Arlyn. Thanks for the link. I can learn something new every day.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 19, 2014 2:45 PM CST
I wonder if anyone has tried it and seen any results. I have some places it could be quite useful!
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Jul 19, 2014 3:32 PM CST
Well, it says in the article it's an "old wives tale" ! And old wives are pretty sharp!.........or ,at least, that's what MY old wife tells me Sticking tongue out ....Arlyn
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 19, 2014 6:02 PM CST
Snakes eat rodents which eat irises. If they are non-poisonous snakes, I see no reason to get rid of them. they can make you jump when suddenly appear.
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Jul 19, 2014 6:21 PM CST
I have copperheads which are definitely not in the friendly category.
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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Jul 19, 2014 7:42 PM CST
No MAM!!! Don't be wantin' any part of those Copperheads. Those are the snakes that I most commonly come across in my neighborhood. Don't like it one bit!!! Angry
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Jul 20, 2014 5:00 AM CST
I rarely see a snake around here, If I do it's a harmless grass snake.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 20, 2014 5:02 AM CST
Same here...thankfully. Sticking tongue out
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
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DaveinPA
Jul 20, 2014 5:50 AM CST
Our dog [a Westie] is very jealous of her territory. Snakes would not make it. All 22 pounds goes after any invader, so in first months of her being big enough to roam the yard she got 3 mice or voles to use as toys. Unfortunately for her the toys stop working and she gives up on them. Had a groundhog cornered in a wood pile a few weeks ago. I did not let her use that one as a "toy" as it was about her size with bigger teeth. Could not catch a fox or the many rabbits but did chase them away. She either has no fear or thinks like a teen-age brain.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Jul 20, 2014 6:37 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! That teen-age brain will lead you astray every time. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jul 20, 2014 10:32 AM CST
Any snake around here would be of great interest. We do have blue-bellied lizards. Tons of frogs. We used to see gopher snakes and would welcome them again.
Further north of us, a friend had a rattlesnake problem. She had to have someone come in and roust them from under her deck.
Our dogs keep most critters at bay. Lovey dubby

We have the occasional bear.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Jul 20, 2014 11:11 AM CST
Jan, which Iris is that in your avatar?
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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UndertheSun
Jul 20, 2014 12:56 PM CST
These snakes are often found in my yard:
Sharp Tailed snake (small and harmless. I have them everywhere)
Gopher snake (has a bad temper if bothered, but otherwise harmless. They will also shake their tail to act like a rattler)
Rattlesnake (get them regularly, killed 4 last year)
and
Pacific Ring Neck snake (a few, but haven't seen one in a few years)
Kingsnake (I used to see them regularly, but sad to say I haven't seen one in years)


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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Jul 20, 2014 1:06 PM CST
Debra, that's Tiger Honey. She's given me a bee seed pod, which I'm watching every day for signs of opening. Hoping to collect some seeds.
Iris is the goddess of the rainbow.

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