NC State Extension

Building a Snake-Proof Fence

Snakes cause no property damage to the home, but seeing a snake or its shed (skin) may frighten some people. As a general rule snakes are just as frightened of you as possibly you are of them and often they move as quickly as possible in the other direction. Snakes–with their diet of rodents and insects–can actually help protect the garden you’ve been working so hard to keep healthy and vigorous. This article will try and shed a little light on this beneficial animal that tends to be shrouded in mystery.

There are only 6 poisonous snakes among the 37 snakes found in North Carolina. However, this may be small consolation to you if you live in an area where one or more of these poisonous snakes are common. Small areas where children play can be protected from all poisonous and most harmless snakes with a snake proof fence. However, the cost of the fence may make it impractical to protect an entire yard.

The fence is made of 1/4 inch mesh wire screening built up 30 inches and buried 6 inches underground. It should slant outward at a 30 degree angle from bottom to top. The supporting stakes must be inside the fence and any gates must fit tightly. Tall vegetation must be removed along the fence, both inside and outside.

drawing of snake fence
Information for this article came from NCADM No. 20, published by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

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