Hi. I have some acreage in the Cherokee Nat. Forest in Tennessee and have discovered lots of rattlesnakes. I've got a german shepherd, and cats, but I'm afraid they'll just get bit by the snakes.
I've heard a Jack Russell Terrier is a good dog for destroying the snakes. My husband thinks it's wrong to kill them, but I said, "Do you want me to pick them up by the tails like the Crocodile Hunter?" Not me, no thanks. If I have a hoe and see them, they're heads are off! But I have two small children and I am concerned even if they go outside on the lawn. Any suggestions? (And yes, I realize snakes are beneficial to the garden, etc. but I'm sorry, my children are more important, and it's a LONG way to the closest hospital!!!)