You want snakes in your garden. Yes, you really do!
|black rat snake|
|My son holding a corn snake at our local nature center|
|black rat snake coming out of a hole created by a chipmunk|
|smooth green snake climbing in roses|
How to Make a Snake Friendly Garden
Still don't like snakes. That's okay, they won't take it personally. But intentionally killing snakes is wrong and contributing to the decline of many species. Recent studies indicate that the decline of our native king snake (non-venomous) in Georgia has a direct relation to the increase in copperheads (venomous), also native. The king snake, so named for its ability to prey on venomous snakes, will scarf down copperheads head first. But venomous snakes have their place too. They also feed on rodents and should not be disparaged just because they are venomous. Without these snakes we could be overrun with mice and other rodents, but for our safety they are better left in nature than in our gardens.
I highly recommend you become familiar with the snakes in your area so that you can easily identify them should you find one in your garden. A comprehensive list of snakes found in Georgia and South Carolina with photos and profiles is available here.