Tour your yard before letting the dog or cat out; remove anything snakes could hide into, like empty flower pots, buckets, moist wood piles, trash burn piles. Avoid tall grass. Use mothballs around your property to keep away water moccasins. Mothballs release fumes that are harsh and painful to a snake's smell receptors. Mothballs should be spread around the perimeter of your property,
along wood lines and around porches, ditches and pool area for best results. All snakes can swim.
Make sure to wear thick protective clothing including thick jeans, work gloves and boots to protect your extremities in case you encounter a snake. Use a rake and slowly disturb any piles you may have in your yard--be careful the snake could be hiding underneath.
Be sure to have someone with you in case of an accident.
A snake on land can only lunge forward (strike) a distance of half of its body length. A snake on water does not have a solid surface to thrust against, so its strike range while swimming is extremely limited.
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