Unseasonably warm temperatures and sunny days put us on patrol for venomous snakes that are native to our area. The canebrake bite is a DOA for any of our precious girls. One of the girls would probably survive the copperhead bite, however getting over the poisoning and wound care wound take some time. The year before last, I lost count of the copperheads in our drive and yard. No matter what I put in the yard as a deterrent, the copperheads kept coming. I got in touch with an expert who asked many questions about the property and our nightly habits. I learned that keeping outside lights on every night draws insects which in turn brings frogs - the copperheads' dinner! We had thousands of frogs. Copperheads also love the crowded shrubbery habitat around the steps and porch. The canebrake loves to have grey squirrel for dinner!!!!
Needless to say, when these slithering native beings take up residence in my yard they end up on my tanning board. The non-poisonous snakes are left alone.