English Ivy and Snakes

Q: My neighbor accuses my English ivy of being a harbor for snakes. Valid?

A: Jason Clark, snake expert at Southeastern Reptile Rescue¬† says ivy doesn’t necessarily bring snakes to your property but when they do wander through and find ivy, juniper, monkey grass and other low growing vegetation, it makes for an easy hiding place. Keep your ivy cut low in summer and mow the lawn nearby. Snakes hate being exposed and will not likely stick around for long.