I am sorry for posting this under the fear of snakes area. Didn't mean to break the rules.
I was mowing around Timothy's tree and as I was mowing I pulled back the mower and saw what I thought was a snake. I sort of paniced but I didn't run to the house. I left the mower and walked quickly to my hubby. I started to cry and he said, "Now, what's wrong?"
Thru my tears I blurted out, "I think I killed Timothy."
He started to grin. "You're terrified of the snakes but now you are crying because you think you killed one."
When he investigated it was just a large snake skin. One step forward One and half steps back.
Next question, I want to level my flower bed right at the back door and concrete it in. I am hoping this will make the snakes find new area to live (like further out in my neighbor's corn fields) but:
1) how deep do their burrows go, and
2) can the snake get out if I cover its hole? I don't want to sufficate and hurt it. If I have a 6 to 8 inch high solid boarder around the area will the snakes go up and over?
The Appalachian Naturalist