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Old 07-10-2018, 12:37 PM
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I live in the Ocean Pines, located just outside of OCMD. Alot of people are having trouble with copperhead snakes in their yards. Does anyone know of any plants, bushes or sprays that will keep the snakes away? Ex. marigold flowers keep rabbits away and moth balls keep mice away. What can I use for these copperheads? Thank you, Bob
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I live in the Ocean Pines, located just outside of OCMD. Alot of people are having trouble with copperhead snakes in their yards. Does anyone know of any plants, bushes or sprays that will keep the snakes away? Ex. marigold flowers keep rabbits away and moth balls keep mice away. What can I use for these copperheads? Thank you, Bob
Powered sulfur. Sprinkle it where the snakes travel. It will burn the underneath of the snake. Will run them off.

Walmart sells the sulfur.

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Old 07-10-2018, 01:56 PM
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Are they sure the snakes are actually copperheads? I see harmless snakes misidentified as copperheads all the time.
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Are they sure the snakes are actually copperheads? I see harmless snakes misidentified as copperheads all the time.
Northern copperheads occur throughout Maryland, and they are one of the state's two venomous species. There is also an intergrade between northern and southern copperheads (Agkistrodon c. contortrix X mokasen) in Maryland. They are only found on the lower eastern and western shores on the Coastal Plain.
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food chain period..... no different than pelagic's offshore. there must be high concentrations of rodents to attract the predators get rid of the bait & the predators will move on
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Had a lot of misidentified snakes around here recently. They were hognose but people thought were copperheads.
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
food chain period..... no different than pelagic's offshore. there must be high concentrations of rodents to attract the predators get rid of the bait & the predators will move on
This .....

Turn off outside lights.

Light attract bugs
Bugs attract frogs/toads
Frogs attract snakes.

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Bam bam bam bam bam bam bam .... click.... reload ... bam bam bam bam ...repeat as needed.
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this struck at my mower on 4th of july, tried to inject its venom into the hydraulic tank. Some of the venom actually splattered on my leg

it took off into my backyard where I took care of the problem.

laying in grass. Which many folks claim
they don't do

my guess is the plentiful rains have allowed them to move about the areas and not need to stay near a
warer source

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Can't help you with the snake problem, but it is important to know that copperheads are an endangered species (the closer they are to my house, the more endangered they are).
If you dispose of the problem be careful what you say on social media. DNR monitors facebook and will present you with a citation if they see you've killed a copperhead (or any snake in the state of Maryland).
So, do what you have to do but don't put yourself on report.
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Can't help you with the snake problem, but it is important to know that copperheads are an endangered species (the closer they are to my house, the more endangered they are).
If you dispose of the problem be careful what you say on social media. DNR monitors facebook and will present you with a citation if they see you've killed a copperhead (or any snake in the state of Maryland).
So, do what you have to do but don't put yourself on report.
You are right. You can't defend yourself, against harm, on your own property in Maryland.
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According to our pest control guy moth balls also work for snakes
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Get a pig. They will tear the hell out of a snake. Good pet too.
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Old 07-11-2018, 07:27 AM
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Copperhead bit my dog last year, poor guy had a rough few days. I see a number around my house every year, live beside a freshwater creek a little lower on the shore Lots of frogs and wet weather this year, they are around. Take care of the problem yourself when you see one. I really am not sure the old tale of sulfer actually works, guess it cant hurt to try. I do like snakes and catch plenty, but after my dog got bit that was the end of me being mr snake nice guy to the copperheads in my yard. Lot of people mistake hognose and northern brown watersnakes for them. Once you see a few its pretty easy to tell them apart.

Pics of a Copperhead(less), my dog, a baby hognose, 2 hognose's i found when I moved a cooler beside my shed, little snake party going on...



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Thank you for all the replys! I tried to get the various items, however, moth balls and snake-away was all I could find which are cost prohibitive to me. I did hear of an old eastern shore remedy, Amonia.

On a side note, I called the local police whom said they don't handle snake calls. They gave me the phone number to the Worcester Co. Wildlife and Animal dept. The Worcester Co. Wildlife and Animal dept said they handle everything except snake calls and told me to call a private reptile/animal catcher who charges a fee. Well as some of you said, we are basically on our own. Whatever happened to "protect & serve"?

So as of yesterday, the snake was laying there curled up about 8 ft from the public road where the people walk their dogs, people jog and kids ride their bikes.
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What do you want the police to do? You need special equipment and training to remove a venomous snake. Most police departments are overwhelmed with dealing with criminals and other nonsense calls. You donít always have to rely on someone else to take care of your problems. If you really care find a solution and handle it. Sorry for the rant but tired of the negative police comments . Walk in our shoes for a while before you judge
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If there are a large number of people seeing these snakes, they are probably Northern Water Snakes. They are extremely common around salt/brackish water. Copperheads are short and thick for their size. Southern Copperheads rarely exceed 29"-30".

Northern Copperheads are very common around freshwater reservoirs. A friend of mine lost two fingers from being bit in her front yard near Liberty Reservoir in Carroll County. She was pulling weeds around a rock in her front yard and said something kept "stinging" her hand. Turned out to be a small copperhead in the shade of the rock. I've seen quite a few around Liberty Reservoir and Loch Raven Reservoir.

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Old 07-12-2018, 11:22 AM
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Outcast32, I was not picking on any individual PO. They must follow policy no matter how stupid it is. However, now that you lay claim to being a PO whom has forgotten his basic training, please allow me to enlighten you. In your basic training you should have been taught to never assume anything, let the facts speak for themselves. Yes you need special training when dealing with pit-vipers but in an area where there is an over prolifercation of snakes, why didn't your dept. send you to school to learn how to handle snakes? It would make your entire dept. more of a service to the people residing within your bailiwick. You stated police are too busy dealing with "non-sense" calls. I really do not see where a copperhead laying 8 ft off a public road that children walk, people jog, etc is a non-sense call. The snake could kill a person! You also stated "walk in our shoes for a while before you judge". Well, I have given you plenty of statements within this post for anyone to figure out how I made a living. Guess what, I was a Deputy Sheriff for 23 years and a State Constable for 30 years. I guess that adds up to 53 years of serving the public. A simple word of advice to show I hold no grudges and to help you along; SERVE THE PUBLIC NO MATTER WHAT. Thank you.
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So you were in law enforcement for 53 years? Why didnít you go handle it?

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So you were in law enforcement for 53 years? Why didnít you go handle it?

I agree, unless not physically capable of doing so.
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