Gardening with Snakes

Gardeners take note – snakes are actually beneficial in the garden!

Snakes prey on rodents, slugs, and insects, all of which can be detrimental to plants. If you know the struggles of dealing with a pest infestation, you understand the benefit of having some help nearby. Smaller snakes can wipe out a swarm of grasshoppers, and larger snakes can keep rodents from eating and tunneling in your garden.

Gartersnakes and coachwhips are both snakes commonly found in gardens, and both are harmless to humans. Coachwhips are known to look as if they are “chasing” humans – in reality they are incredibly fast snakes that simply scare humans as they quickly try to hide.

San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) by David Lawson via WWF UK

San Francisco garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia) by David Lawson via WWF UK

Gardening Know How has some great tips for attracting snakes into your garden. Make sure that you make enough noise before mowing to scare snakes into their hiding places – you don’t want to accidentally mow over these beneficial reptiles. Enlist an army of frogs in addition to snakes for more slug control.

Coachwhips are beneficial, harmless snakes commonly found in gardens.

Coachwhips are beneficial, harmless snakes commonly found in gardens. Photo by TXSI staff.

Snakes provide a efficient, organic means of handling garden pests – maintain a snake-friendly environment in order to keep them around your garden!

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