: Snakes do sometimes like to
: thermoregulate underneath hay bales, so
: while I don't think they would be a big
: snake attractant I would probably
: remove them if you don't want snakes in
: the kennel if it isn't too much work.
: I don't think marigolds deter snakes.
: Nor do sulfur, lime, snake-a-way or
: anything else said to deter snakes.
: Limiting their prey items and habitat
: is the only deterrent and realistically
: it is neither possible nor desirable to
: eliminate their habitat completely
: (though you can trim vegetation around
: the house, sheds and kennels to limit
: their apperances around those areas).
: Snakes have already emerged from
: hibernation. March and April are the
: peak emergence months in your area.
: -Previous Message--
: Hello! I live in the northeastern
: tennessee mountains (five minutes from
: the NC border) and this past winter I
: stacked hay bales inside my dog's
: 10'x10' kennel to assist in keeping him
: warm. (He was dropped off and
: abandoned near our home 2 winters ago,
: was obviously abused due to his
: timidity and absolutely refuses to come
: inside the house.) Anyway, with warmer
: weather approaching I wondered if I
: should remove the hay in order to not
: attrack snakes. Is this necessary?
: Last year, we had several snakes around
: our property, copperheads and tons of
: ringnecks. And, if you dont mind can
: you answer a couple more questions: *
: Do marigolds really help to keep snakes
: away from flower beds/gardens? If not,
: is there anything that will aide in
: detering them?
: * When do snakes emerge from their
: winter hibernation?
: Many thanks in advance for your
: response! Your site is so incredibly
The Appalachian Naturalist