How to Make Your Yard Snake-UNfriendly

Many venomous snakes like this copperhead blend into vegetation really well. Photo by Rusty Dodson.

On a warm morning this April, a panicked mother called my snake hotline: “There is a huge rattlesnake in our barn! My son almost stepped on it. Help!” I raced to the property and found a large rattlesnake coiled up at the mouth of a squirrel burrow that led underneath the barn. I captured the snake and relocated it nearby, standard protocol in these situations because it leads to a better outcome for both the homeowners…