So we've just bought a lot in southwest austin. Developed area, but big lots - 1.12 acres. Typical wooded texas hill country lot - scrub cedar, a few oaks, lots of rocks and rock shelves. Basically, snake heaven. I'm not a panic-on-sight-of-slither kind of guy, but with two cats, a dog, a son and a wife, I'm not real interested in dueling with rattlers, either.
How can I educate myself on potential snake dangers? How do I quickly identify potential habitats? How can I lessen my danger when working in the yard? What else should I know? For example, we're going to clear a bunch of cedar ourselves, so I'd rather not get bit on my first day on my own lot. But after that, we want to save the cedars to mulch them for ground cover, but I have to think that a pile of trees in the back forty would be the Ritz Carlton for snakes. Right?
I'm googling a bunch and talking to a lot of people, so don't give me the LMGTFY response :). I know we've got some outdoor-lovin' mother $#@!ers on here, as well as a solid herpetological society, so I thought I'd ask you $#@!s for advice, too.