Category Archives: Snakes

I Just Found a Deadly Coral Snake…Well No, Not in South Dakota You Didn’t.

  One of the most common snakes in South Dakota, west of the Missouri River, is a little-seen snake called the Pale Milksnake (Lampropeltis triangulum multistriata). These snakes are surprisingly common around here but are very secretive and so, people … Continue reading

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Hold My Beer and Watch This!

So, now that we know how to avoid rattlesnakes and what to do if we encounter one. What should we do if we don’t follow Terry’s advice and leave all snakes alone?  What if the odd encounter happens where we … Continue reading

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Why in MY Yard?

Snakes are an integral part of our ecosystem and are, in fact, the number one predator of rodents and other little creatures we consider pests.  These pests can be carriers of even nastier pests and diseases.  So, in fact, we … Continue reading

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Springtime Means Warmth and Flowers and, Yes, Rattlesnakes

It’s that time of year again – Spring in Western South Dakota. Our spring brings rain (maybe), sunshine, green grass, the occasional snowstorm, tourists, and of course rattlesnakes. Pretty soon we will start getting frantic phone calls from local folk … Continue reading

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Hey, Where’s Your Top 10 Most Deadly Snakes List?

For many years we had an immensely popular “Top Ten Most Venomous Snakes” list posted here at the Reptile Gardens and, subsequently, on our web site. Many of you remember this list and have asked about it. We get thousands … Continue reading

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GIANT RATTLESNAKES!

The Internet Such a Resource!? Sometimes the internet is a great source of information and sometimes…well…it is like the National Enquirer.  If you are not intimately involved in a particular area of study it can be pretty hard to know … Continue reading

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“Protecting Your Family, Pets and Livestock from Snakes”

This is part 3 of our answer to a recent question involving increased snake activity in the Black Hills. If you missed them, read Part 1 and Part 2 . This time we’ll give you some advice on how to … Continue reading

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Not the Best Way to Keep Your New Bride Around

During the many years we have collected snakes, we have accumulated dozens of experiences, some of which were nearly tragic, but as long as they didn’t end in tragedy, they can be looked back upon with humor. In honor of … Continue reading

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6 Ways to Entice Snakes Onto Your Property

We recently responded to a question about the rattlesnake population in the Black Hills. Part of the question asked if people could take steps to actually reduce that population. As we explained, this perception of a snake population increase is … Continue reading

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More Rattlesnakes in the Black Hills

A recent question about rattlesnakes prompted us to write this post, since we figured it may be helpful to many people in the Black Hills area. The question involved concerns that there has been an increase in the population of … Continue reading

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