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Posted by Bryan toranzo on July 6, 2011, 3:41 pm
Was wondering if you know of any sure fire way to keep moccasins and copperheads away from property.i live in east texas,and my dog keeps getting tagged by baby copperheads in the spring and summer and now has developed a habit of searching,finding and then gettiing bit quite often.he smells them,just the other day I watched him sniff out a baby that had just died that morning(no rigamortis)from choking on a cicada that was too big to swallow(i have pics if your interested).a couple of weeks ago he almost got nailed by a rather large moccasin. Im against killing snakes as well,and dont mind relocating copperheads,but moccasins are unpredictable(im from n.y. Originally and am familiar
With rattlers and copperheads) and frankly am intimidated by them.also im getting a little too old to be messing with hemotoxins(or so says my wife).so I was hoping u might have some suggestions.my wife is really worried about our dogs and our safety and is pushing me to start killing them(moccasins).i am strongly apposed to such drastic measures,especially here in texas where I see harmless banded water snakes getting killed needlessly for being"moccasins".by the way ,i have two healthy bandeds living in my little koy pond
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