: Thanks for the info
: The garden area the snakes were found
: in is simply going to be off limits
: since it's a perfect haven for
: copperhead snakes. It has a large
: retaining wall and steps all made of
: railroad ties stacked on top of each
: other. Perfect hiding places for
: Several of my kids are way too young to
: recognize one snake from another. So,
: just keeping them out of that part of
: the yard is going to have to be the
: plan for now.
: The animal control officer is the same
: man that teaches about snakes at the
: wildlife preserve, so we are certain
: that his ID of the snakes is right on
: Fernbank Science Museum has a great
: display showing examples of snakes that
: are found in our part of Georgia.
: Hey, I had a thought the other day,
: maybe you can tell me if it would work
: or if I'm nuts, LOL. I read that
: kingsnakes eat copperheads. Would it
: be nuts to get a few kingsnakes and
: release them in my yard? Would they
: stick around? We live in Dahlonega
: within view of the edge of the
: Chattahootchee National Forest, if that
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: Over the past two days the snake
: from our local sherriff's office and
: animal preserve has come out and
: captured two copperheads from our
: garden in the N. Georgia mountains .
: He told me today that since there were
: two, to be on the lookout for babies.
: My question for you is how long should
: we be checking for them? I have seven
: kids that would love to go back outside
: to play, but we can't do that until we
: know they won't get in the way of the
: What time of year are babies normally
: seen in N. Georgia?
: I love having non venomous snakes in
: the yard. I wish there was a way to
: just keep the venomous ones away.
: Honestly, there is really not a lot to
: worry about. If the kids are old enough
: to be instructed on how to recognize
: venomous snakes, you have a perfect
: teaching opportunity (at least 4 years
: old). I would teach them to stay away
: from all snakes until about 10 years (I
: was catching small woodland snakes at
: 6, but I am crazy) or so.
: Next, I would learn the field marks of
: the Copperhead (hourglass shaped bands
: on the back, narrowest in the middle of
: back), and especially remember that
: babies have bright yellow tails, and
: your kids shou ld be fine. Just teach
: them to be aware of their surroundings.
: Next, remember that Animal Control
: officers are often rather untrained in
: snake recognition (I was one once, so I
: know), and they may have misidentified
: the snakes. Several species of Water
: Snake can look an awful lot like
: Next, it is a little early for
: Copperheads to give birth (they don't
: lay eggs, but have live babies); they
: usually give birth in August, and the
: babies follow mom to the denning site.
: I would simply go around the property
: where the serpents were found, and look
: under any rocks, logs, boards, or any
: other cover, and just make sure there
: are no babies. Then let the kids out.
: Next, I would take the kids to a Nature
: Center or to the Atlanta Zoo and have
: them look at the native venomous
: snakes. Most zoos and nature centers
: have a very good instructional class in
: venomous snake recognition.
: Have fun!
The Appalachian Naturalist