Snakes in a Graveyard

MARSHALL, SASK. — A woman is freaking out over the presence of garter snakes at the cemetery where her parents are buried in Marshall, Saskatchewan (southeast of Lloydminster). The town has removed snake-friendly foliage and has poured ammonia (!) down holes, but she’s calling for extermination: “by rooting them out, ploughing them over, poisoning the remaining snakes, and getting a cat for good measure.” Town officials are rather reluctant, finding that snake killing is neither time-efficient nor humane, and they haven’t noticed that many snakes there anyway. Methinks someone is making her phobia everyone else’s problem.