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#1 David Brown OFFLINE  

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 09:58 AM

Ok, I'll admit to all of you that I absolutely HATE snakes.  I guess we tend to hate things that we don't fully understand.  I was out in the barn the other day and I looked up and saw this snake hanging around.  We looked it up and feel that it's a black rat snake.  As far as I know, he's harmless and it answers my question as to why I've had no mice in the engines this year.  The attached picture shows his latest skin shed of which measured in at 5 feet long.  My question, should I try to get rid of this thing (and if so, how?) or learn to live with him and enjoy not having mice?  I know he spends a lot of time up in the upper shelving where I keep some things that we use on occasion.  I really don't want to be surprised one day when I'm up on a ladder.  Oh, and the thing went and had babies in my round bale that I use for mulch.  Funny, I had a pet snake as a kid.  Dad ran over it with the disc and I got him and nursed him back to health.  That was a gardner snake though and he was small.

 

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 10:13 AM

Keep him, won't hurt anything. I put one in my barn about a month ago and maybe it will stay there.
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Posted July 10, 2016 - 10:16 AM

Keep him  tell him to bring his friends.....non-poisonous friends that is!  When I catch snakes, I put them in the barns, hoping he likes his new place.


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 10:28 AM

KEEP!    Mice are very destructive.


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 11:04 AM

The one advantage living in the UK is that we only got two snakes: the adder (poisonous) and the grass snake. Give me the heebie jeebies just thinking about them.

I would have a cat to keep the mice and rats down myself!

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 11:05 AM

I bring them home with me when I find them..cant deal with rats and mice...So I say Keep.(we even name ours...hahahaha)


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 11:16 AM

Keep him. We always kept them around when I was growing up on the farm to keep rodents down. Black snakes won't bother you unless you give them a very good reason. They are a lot calmer then water snakes that will coil and strike at you for looking at them. My brother used to pick up the black snakes that we found and move them,when he layed them down they would just lay there stretched out and calm. I remember almost stepping on a 5 footer in the woods,it never coiled up at all it just layed there stretched out as I went around it. They are a help around the home place and are more docile than other snakes. (Edit: I'm not saying to handle it,just that it won't be bad to have around).


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 11:42 AM

I've had a black racer snake, under the slab for my tire changer, for years. He cuts down on the mice and chipmunks. The engine on my son's AC B10 was making noise so, I pulled it. There was a mouse nest in the engine with a snake skin on top of the nest. As long as you don't have chickens or rabbits, keep the snake and just be carefull. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 12:12 PM

Here's the little snake I found in the garden just a week or so ago.  

 

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 01:33 PM

Another vote for to keep them around,  :thumbs:


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 02:37 PM

Thanks guys. I know he isn't poisonous or anything like that. I just didn't know how aggressive they were. I'll just have to check carefully when I go to take something from up above.
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Posted July 10, 2016 - 02:41 PM

Here's the little snake I found in the garden just a week or so ago.  

 

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I thought that the diamond pattern on the back indicated poisonous. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 03:41 PM

That really isn't a diamond pattern on the snake olecowhand has in his hands.  Google Diamond Back Rattler and it will have a completely differnt and distinct diamond pattern.  We keep all snakes around, especially the Bull snakes. An better friend would be hard to come by if you have outbuildings, etc.


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Posted July 10, 2016 - 04:18 PM

Oh, for goodNess sake, grow a pair.
(Unlike me who squeals like Bruce Jenner at a shoe sale and looks for someone to hide behind everytime I see one.)

Found this fella/lass today
Was running the dozer and has to move him/her to safety.
Rat or corn snake, near as I know.
Eat up buddy, eat up.

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Posted July 10, 2016 - 04:20 PM

For all yall that say keep them around, how the heck do you keep from getting "surprised" by them?


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