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  1. Jens K

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    I think snakes as a species have the problem that some of them are actually dangerous, and not many people can tell them apart, so all of them suffer when they come too close to people. I wouldn't mind a snake in my garden if I knew for sure it's not going to kill me when I accidentally get too close. Bonus points for killing rats, of course.
     
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    There are very few here that you need to worry about,the most common are the rat snakes. They can be aggressive at times but you can tell by the head its not a cobra or viper. Rat snakes can vary in colour and lengths from brown to green and around 6 to 8ft long and fast moving.
    Another common species around buildings is the common house snake or wolf snake which again non venomous and far smaller. Leave them alone and they will leave you alone.
     
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    I like your thinking - most animals and plants have a purpose but humans think we can destroy them just because we don't 'like' them.
     
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    When you discover a snake in your house and you're alone at night and have no idea what kind of snake it is. It could be non venomous or venomous and you live in the sticks so no neighbors. I don't take chances, only one action to take and I took the correct one. I'm alive and the snake is dead.
    I'll do it again and again, I'm not an expert in snakes, It's the first snake I have seen outside of a zoo.
     
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    You killed the snake because it posed a potential danger to you - that is not the same as killing when they do not pose a threat just because you don't like them. I would kill a human intruder in my house but not kill humans outside my house just because I don't like them (well, perhaps a few exceptions! :smile: )
     
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    Killing a snake in defense is acceptable. However, going out of your way to kill a snake while it is trying to escape seems mean and an over reaction. I am a lover of all animals and find snakes beautiful and fascinating. That doesn't mean I would be comfortable finding one in my cottage.

    Actually, I am the guardian of 13 cats and 3 dogs which I all adopted after they were thrown out on the roadside or the beach. With 13 cats we have not sighted one mouse or rat, and the only snakes I have seen are the ones the cats drag up from the beach. They are the unfortunate sea snakes that come to shore to mate and lay eggs. They are very slow and vulnerable on land. They are also one of the most venomous snakes in the world. However, they have such a mild manner, very few people have been recorded to have been bitten, even fisherman who remove them from their nets by hand. If anyone is going to get bitten, it would be the fishermen, but that rarely happens.

    I have a space under my entry door that is easily entered by snakes and other little creatures such as centipedes. I do now have rugs stuffed under the door to prevent entry at night. One morning before I started to block the entry, I woke up to a sea snake with it head and part of its body in my cottage. It was dead. When I opened the door, the other part of the snake had been mostly eaten by my cats.

    On another occasion a fully mobile sea snake was being harassed by some of my cats. One of the cats had carried it up from the beach. Sea snakes are slow and have no coil or striking ability on land. They are almost totally helpless out of the water. I shooed my cats away and carried the snake down to the beach and threw it in the water. I feel sorry for the sea snakes, but I cannot deny that I am grateful that all of the terrestrial snakes stay away.
     
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