Brenda Steele just wanted to protect her garden and keep her dogs in her yard when she bought a roll of plastic mesh from a home improvement store.
But within days of installing the stuff, Steele and her husband, Jim; and son, Brendan, realized she’d discovered a snake killer, a discovery that many might want to know about, because area physicians have saidcopperhead attacks seem to be more numerous in 2013.
The first two snakes showed up about three weeks ago — a pair ofcopperheads, thoroughly dead, twisted in the netting she put under her backyard fence. A third copperhead showed up four days later in the same spot, virtually on top of the others. It had decapitated itself.
“The head was still biting, so I smashed it with a rock,” Steele said.
In the 30 years the Steeles have lived in their southeast Parker County home, the snakes were the first copperheads they’ve seen. Rattlesnakes aren’t uncommon; neither are rat snakes and some big black ones that Steele calls bull snakes.
Indeed, the fourth snake to succumb to the net was a big black one that died on top of the three others.
Yet another copperhead found its demise Saturday in the netting that surrounds Steele’s garden.