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Posted by Michele on June 20, 2005, 11:53 pm
Hi, My family lives in Western Pennsylvania (20 miles south of the Pittsburgh)and 2 days ago I saw a large (4-5 ft.) black snake sunning itself on our driveway in the front of the house. As soon as I went to check, the snake left and climbed into the trees / bushes. Today, after hosing down my back patio, I return to find the snake on our back patio lounging on top of a tall fan I keep out during the summer. The snake stayed for approx. an hour or so and then explored my son's baseball bat and glove. My concern is that earlier in the morning, before the snake happened to make its way to our backyard patio, my hubby sprayed the perimeter of the patio for a spider problem we are having. Three questions, the snake is dark black....any worries?, secondly, am concerned the poison spray will hurt the snake. Third, is the snake looking to lay eggs and will I now have alot of snakes around my home? I have young children who play out back. Any options please? I would never cause harm to the snake but am somewhat fearful of it if it is in the "constrictor" family as my cat is an outdoor cat and then as I mentioned, my kids are out in the yard too. Thank you so much - I appreciate any feedback.
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