Lynn Sheffield Simmons: Snake population down in Argyle

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Brian Hall is contracted by the town of Argyle to handle the animal control duties and recently said, “I have not had the amount of snake calls this year as I have in the past.”

Hall believes Argyle’s severe weather last winter eliminated much of the snake population while they were still in hibernation. He says that more than 90 percent of the snakes he is called about, or comes in contact with, are non-venomous, beneficial snakes.

“These snakes are a vital part of our ecosystem. Without them, the rodent and insect populations would carry us away,” Hall said.

The other 10 percent of the snake population are copperheads, which are harmful. Brian recommends people learn what they look like by doing a Google search for the “Texas rat snake,” “blotched water snake,” “Texas diamondback water snake” and compare those pictures to the copperhead.

If you see snakes around your home on a regular basis, Hall suggests you ask yourself why and then remove, or control, their prey source. Reptiles spend the spring, summer and fall following prey and by removing or controlling their prey source such as mice, rats and insects, the snakes will move on. Copperheads like dry environments — piles of dry leaves, wood piles and rock piles. Ponds with fish and frogs attract various water snakes. Hall suggests using sulfur powder around the foundations of homes, flower beds and elsewhere around the yard as a deterrent.

If you find a snake, and especially if you find one in your home, you can contact Hall to remove it. Hall is contracted by the town of Argyle for general domesticated-type calls, mostly dogs. Special calls like trapping wild animals, snakes, etc. are based on fees that he handles directly with the caller.

Hall can be reached at 817-401-1861.

Argyle Senior Center

At the Argyle Senior Center’s 1950s luncheon, ASC president Stella McDaniel shared with attendees Elvis Presley’s famous peanut butter and banana sandwich recipe.

The sandwiches will be served as the morning refreshment at the Argyle Senior Center Bible Study on Friday. The public is invited and those planning to attend should call Larry Simmons at 940-464-3368.

The Argyle Senior Center meets every Wednesday and Friday in the Argyle Town Hall Community Room, 308 Denton St. Bible study begins at 9 a.m., followed by exercise at 10 a.m. and card games at 11 a.m.

For more information, call McDaniel at 940-464-7438 or visit www.argyleseniorcenter.com.

LYNN SHEFFIELD SIMMONS is founder and past president of the North Texas Book Festival Inc. She is the author of 10 children’s books and two history books on Argyle. Her website is www.ArgyleBooks.com She can be reached at Lynn@argylebooks.com.


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