Copperheads – In Your Yard

Q: We have found baby copperheads in our yard. I am very afraid of snakes and worried about my two small children playing there. I’m afraid that we have a nest of them.

A: Copperheads bear live young so they don’t have “nests” per se. The best you can do is make your landscape inhospitable to them. If you see a snake, there is probably an attractive habitat nearby. This might be a stack of firewood, a stone pile or a pile of lumber. Stack firewood on a rack 12″ off the ground. It is important to ask what the snake is eating. If you control your mouse and insect population, snakes will move away. Mowing your grass regularly will keep them away by giving them no place to hide as they move.

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