I may have to get rid of my compost pile of 6 years. For some reason I have had four gopher snakes caught in bird netting over the last 24 hours.(Blew off a nearby fig tree). They were all within 4 feet of the compost heap. I am not comfortable with snakes in close proximity, but would never kill them. I also have no desire to attract them; thus my dillema. I guess they've been around all along, but I have mananged to accidently trap four in the last day. Animal control came and freed them, and took them away for release by the way).I've removed the netting, but now have to deal with the realization that I am attracting snakes ( as well as foxes, bats, cayotes, hawks...)Perhaps I need to tend it better to avoid rodents ( which I have not seen but I assume there are voles and gophers near by; I live on the very edge of town, bordered by an oak grove and an abondoned orchard).I've been told they might be looking for lizards which I really treasure and don't want to discourage. Is it impractical then, to expect compost without attracting snakes ( even if they can't get in the pile)? (I also posted this on the compost forum but regions seem to differ in their perspective).
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