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Tons of Copperheads on a Farm

Discussion in 'General Venomous' started by zaroba, Jul 14, 2008.

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  1. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    My mom's boyfriend just bought a large farm.

    The previous owner hadn't been using it as a farm so all the fields are well over grown. Turns out that theres loads of copperheads living in these fields.

    So....what to do? Does anybody out there want some free wild caught copperheads?
    You'll just have to come down and get them yourself :p.

    He is afraid of snakes, so I have no doubt that he will find some type of lethal way to get rid of them. Something else I was thinking was to kill them and eat them. But...it seems to cruel.

    Anybody have any advice on how to remove large numbers of copperheads from large farm fields?
     
  2. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    I would just say to do it VERY CAREFULLY!

    You might be able to call in the wildlife people...
     
  3. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    The problem is the overgrowth. Once the place is cleaned up and the cover is gone many of the snakes will go somewhere else.
    If there isn't food and shelter they will find it elsewhere.
     
  4. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    I'd actually suggest leaving them alone, but if he plans on farming the field then thats a bit out of the question, though they may scatter when he starts cutting it down.
    I suppose as for catching them, best way, Two snake hooks, a head pinner, and sturdy snake bags.
    but I'm no expert here.
     
  5. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I would suggest that NO ONE who does not know what they are doing attempt to capture venomous snakes!
     
  6. ryanpb

    ryanpb Elite Member

    Well that's usually the best way to do it..:p
     
  7. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    I was going to say... MOW.

    They will move out of the way when they hear the mower if you go slow enough, and once the cover is gone, they will go away too. Get rid of all the wood piles and rock piles too.
     
  8. kcftlaud08

    kcftlaud08 Elite Member

    I'm no expert but I would err on the side of caution. Cut, mow and clear. They will find new habitat. It's not worth the personal risk to be overly humane. I don't mean that to sound heartless. If they hadn't made that farm home, they would have found another anyway. Trust nature to take care of her own.
     
  9. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    I emailed him before going to work last night. He was doing some research and doesn't know for a fact if they are copperheads since theres 3 other snakes native to the area that are often confused with them (Eastern Milk Snakes for example). Plus theres mountainous terrain, no streams or other bodies of water which copperheads prefer.

    If they are non venomous snakes, I'll have to see if i can get a few of them before they get chased off.
     
  10. Brewster320

    Brewster320 Elite Member

    Well, if you want to go looking to see what type of snakes they are, I'd suggest you wear thick leather boots just in case they do turn out to be in fact copperheads.
     
  11. zaroba

    zaroba Elite Member

    I don't have leather boots, but I do have steel toed, thick rubber, water proof, heavily insulated boots that are made for snow and cold weather use. Overall, the thinnest part of them is 1/4" thick between the rubber and liner. Would they work?
     
  12. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    I have no idea!
    Your best bet is just to be careful where you step or reach.
    Given the chance the snake will avoid you.
     
  13. fire2225ems

    fire2225ems Subscribed User Premium Member

    You might also want to point out to Mom's boyfriend that if he gets rid of ALL the snakes, he might see an increase in the rodent population....
     
  14. KrokadilyanGuy3

    KrokadilyanGuy3 Elite Member

    I doubt it's all copperheads.

    Go find some and take pics if you are personally unsure. They're pretty easy to identify, however. If I were up north, I'd help, but I'm too poor to travel that far.

    As for catching, a simple trash can and a stick or rake would work fine and keep you at a safe distance. A snake hook would be nice as well. Coppers are usually pretty docile and easily escorted into a container. In my experience.

    As I wouldn't doubt coppers being there, I'm willing to bet most are rat and milksnakes.
     
  15. MRHickey

    MRHickey Elite Member

    I'm moving not too far from there in August, if there is really a problem, if nothing else I can come help you to ID them. I doubt they are all copperheads, they are most likely non-venomous look-a-likes.

    I grew up on a farm in MD about 2 hours from there, it is where we are moving too. We had ons of snakes, including copperheads, but we were near Deer Creek and had several small streams and ponds. We also had a huge grain supply that rodents loved. I liked having the snakes, but when we came across copperheads my mom would either kill them or have me move them to the state park.
     
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