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Is there a kind of domestic poultry that kills snakes?
« on: June 02, 2009, 01:45:14 AM »
...I guess the subject says it all. My wife is absolutely terrified of snakes. I'm sort of indifferent to them but if I'm going to have a bluegill/bream pond I better have an answer for why she needn't worry about moccasins or water snakes.
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Re: Is there a kind of domestic poultry that kills snakes?
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2009, 02:42:16 AM »
Probably not water moccasins.  Some of the more aggressive chicken breeds will kill a mouse, chipmunk or even a small black or garden snake but probably not something as aggressive or poisonious as a cottonmouth.

I have had a couple of dogs over the years that would dispatch snakes of that size up to medium-small rattlesnakes.
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Re: Is there a kind of domestic poultry that kills snakes?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2009, 02:48:42 AM »
Water Moccasins are preyed upon by snapping turtles, alligators, bullfrogs, horned owls, eagles, loggerhead shrikes, herons, cranes, egrets, and other snakes (including other water mocassins).

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Re: Is there a kind of domestic poultry that kills snakes?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2009, 08:16:44 PM »
I've heard that geese will chase snakes.  I have not observed that as I have no geese.  :)
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Re: Is there a kind of domestic poultry that kills snakes?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2009, 09:53:42 PM »
Turkeys I think.

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Re: Is there a kind of domestic poultry that kills snakes?
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2009, 06:19:54 PM »
Thanks you guys; I think between the dogs, (who are already keeping us almost snake-free - compared to my neighbors'.) maybe a turkey or gander, and me occasionally relocating a non-venomous type, she should feel safe. 
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