Do Plastic Snakes Scare Off Deer, Rabbits and Birds?

Q: We read that putting colorful plastic snakes in the garden can help deter
deer, rabbits, and birds. Is this true? 

A: There are plenty of companies and “experts” that claim plastic snakes scare
birds and other animals. They may be deterred for a little while but eventually,
birds and animals become “habituated” to the snake, especially if it doesn’t
move. Plastic owls, balloons, scarecrows, and shiny tape are useless against
birds and other creatures.

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