By Judy Sedbrook, Colorado Master GardenerSM, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Denver County
Even though snakes that are found in the garden are generally harmless, few people are comfortable having them there. If you have put in the time and effort necessary to create a water feature in your garden, you will probably not welcome the arrival of semi-amphibious garter snakes. Though non-poisonous, these pests can mean the end of fish, frogs and turtles that contribute to the pleasure of having a pond.
To banish these harmless creatures from your garden, consider the following approaches:
Unfortunately, there are no chemicals or other substances that have been found to be effective in repelling snakes.
If there is any question as to the type of snake you are dealing with, consult your local animal control agency or a professional pest control company for help in capturing it.
Photo: Judy Sedbrook
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010