While confronting a large snake in your backyard may be alarming, their presence is rare. However, critters like raccoons, skunks, possums (or opossums), groundhogs, and squirrels will stick around if the living and eating are good.
Oddly, it is the possum that can be the least harmful to your garden. It will eat grubs, mice, snakes, rats and other garden insect pests without causing destruction. They rarely carry disease and are non-aggressive unless cornered.
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