• Miss Georgia Marble Festival Beauty Pageant scheduled

    IT’S OFFICIAL! THE 2014 MISS GEORGIA MARBLE BEAUTY PAGEANT WILL BE HELD AT PICKENS HIGH SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 20, 2014. Thanks to Mr. Harold Culbreath and Mr. Eddie McDonald for their assistance and support of Bethany-Salem Fire Department.


  • Snake Season comes along with Spring..

    Spring is around the corner (…we hope!).  This Georgia Winter has truly been one for the record books.  What does this mean for our snake population?  As mentioned in our last Snake Warning, snake activity does NOT stop during the Winter but does drastically reduce.   Snakes like to ride out the cold with a process call “brumation”.  By slowing their metabolic process they will use less energy and therefore require less food.  If a snake gets hungry enough it will hunt during the Winter like any other time.

    If you would like to receive FREE Snake Warnings (like this one)
    and information for your area, please contact
    us at georgiavenomous@gmail.com<mailto:georgiavenomous@gmail.com> and get added to this mailing list

    With this years Winter having some very cold sustained temperatures many snakes will be looking for the first break of warmer weather.   A warm day here or there probably won’t change much snake activity BUT string several days together and you are going to see an increase in activity.  Snakes are ectotherms and just getting out into the sun to warm themselves, increase body temperature, will start a metabolic increase causing appetite and hunting drive to increase.  Expect some early Spring basking behavior and increase in activity and movement.

    If we have a long/late Winter followed by a late sudden Spring…  In years past when this has occurred, going from daytime highs in the 40-50s then leaping to 70s while nighttime low temperatures also rise drastically most likely will trigger a quick emergence for many snake species.  When this occurs a lot of people think populations are on the rise or exploding. You may see many news media stories about increased sightings and encounters.  Truth is, there is probably no more or less than in any past years but the perception is since many haven’t seen a snake since last Fall then they encounter several in a short period of time (week) it is easy to believe the hype.

    In a “normal” Georgia Winter to Spring transition there is more of a gradient, a slower process, where temperatures rise over a longer period of time and snake activity increases proportionately with it.  If this late sudden Spring follows many like it before, this won’t be the case.  Of coarse this is only a prediction and I am NO weather man but time will tell.

    One question we get asked very frequently is
    “What can I do to keep snakes off my property?”

    The honest answer is = nothing!  In Georgia we live in the South, as long as there is a food supply on your property a snake will show up and eat it.   Different snake species eat different things (rodents, fish, frogs, lizards, birds, eggs, insects, worms, larva, other snakes, etc.) and you will always have some kind of food supply no matter what you do.  You could not void your property of every kind of insect or animal, nor should you want to.

    The question that should be asked is, “Are there things I can do to minimize the attraction of snakes to my property?”…. and the answer would be yes!!

    If you have ever received one of our Snake Warnings (like this one) you know we go over these things often.  There are many things you can do, should you choose to.  In this Snake Warning I want to focus on just one of these, environmental.  When considering environmental solutions I want to narrow the focus even more to just landscaping.
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    Landscaping has been mentioned here many times before but let’s get specific.  The landscaping of your property can become very inviting to certain insects and animals based on its arrangement, maintenance or lack of maintenance, inventory, concealment, prey items, lack of natural predators, size, exposure to sunlight, loose soil/dirt, food and water sources, etc.

    The plants, bushes, trees, flowers, etc. you choose to plant and where you plant them can create an inviting situation for many animals that are snake food.  We already know, where there is snake food you find snakes.  So what can you do to take away some of this attraction and better mitigate a snake encounter?
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    Using mulch as a substrate encourages many insects, beetles, worms and other snake food to move in.

    Nobody wants their yard to look like the surface of the moon.  You can have an attractive yard full of your favorites with a little planning and understanding of snake/prey behavior.   Most of Georgia’s snake species are less than 24 inches in length as adults.  These snakes are often found in loose soil, dirt, mulch, pine straw, leaf litter, wood chips, pine bark, grass clippings, flower beds and planters.  They are eating many of the insects, beetles, worms, and larva found in these environments.  These snakes species are often NOT big enough to eat larger prey items like rats or birds.  Encounters usually occur when gardening, flooding, raking, digging, planting, or working in ornamental parts of your yard.   These snake species are favorites among gardeners as they eat many plant or leaf eating bugs and insects.   These species are often fossorial in nature and like to burrow in the dark moist areas.

     


  • Fall Raffle winners

    The following were the raffle winners from last night’s drawing. Congratulations!

    1st prize: Amanda Nicholson
    2nd Prize: Andy Baird
    3rd Prize: Mack Whitfield


  • Raffle Drawing Tonight!

    Tonight is the raffle drawing!!! We’re very excited to see the winners!! Thanks for everyone for your support of Bethany-Salem Fire Department!! There will be someone at the station with tickets still left from 5:00-7:00pm tonight if you haven’t got yours! Special thanks to the Bargain Barn of Jasper for helping us with this fundraiser!


  • UPDATED: Miss Georgia Marble Photos uploaded

    The photos from this year’s Miss Georgia Marble Festival have been uploaded and can be found here..

     

    http://edge770.site.aplus.net/PhotoAlbumsPro/MissGeorgiaMarble/




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