The trained farm team choose snakes by smell. Poison snakes, or pit vipers, have a very distinct smell. The dogs eradicated the dangerous and left the harmless snakes alone. Last year the dogs cornered a huge non-poisonous snake consuming all life available in my water garden. This snake made the mistake when cornered of striking out and biting one of the dogs. It was over in seconds. They didn't care about my rules one smidgen. Their rules in that moment...if it bites my friend, it's gone. I was not happy but you can't reassemble a snake.
Yesterday I found a harmless young snake about three feet long. It was terrified.
Lizzy inspected as I told her no.
Poor snake was horrified and frozen in fear...good thing for it.
The hardest one to convince was Lil, our matriarch of snake watch. Oh, she wanted to do her job so badly! I kept saying, No, Lil. It's a good snake. Lil didn't like it but the dogs got a good smell and left it. I'm hoping this will redirect them to eliminating only the poison snakes once again.