Coaxing a snake

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jolly wattles, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. jolly wattles

    jolly wattles Songster

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    The coop is secure. It got into the secure run where the ramp is so that's the only side of the coop it can get under. I can block that off too but don't want the stench of a dead snake under the coop.
     
  2. jp57

    jp57 Chirping

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    I had a friend whose girlfriend was afraid of snakes. They had a large corn snake that would sun itself on their front step in the morning. It used to scare her when she would leave in the morning. They wanted to kill it. Being the reptile lover I am, I told them to call me if they saw it and I would come and get it. I get the call, go retrieve the snake and drop it off miles from their house. After that, every time I was there they were complaining about finding mice everywhere. I told them they should have let the snake be.
     
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  3. jolly wattles

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    She doesn't care about the other snakes the periodically show up. And we don't have a mice problem. She just doesn't want one living under the coop. She would freak if it came slithering out and cross her feet. BTW I've already killed a copperhead hanging around the run.
     
  4. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    If it's a black snake try and let it be especially due to the copperhead being spotted. Black snakes eat poisonous snakes. Might be a selling point to your wifey, made me leave the one around here alone, even this year when it decided to have an adult snake party on my porch. 20160503_165050.jpg
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

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    I don't know any way to lure it out when you are around, they are really cautious. I'll leave it up to you to do what you will with that snake, that's your business. I leave them alone unless they are eating eggs or chicks, then if I can I catch them I relocate to a friend's place. She has seen a timber rattler and wants non-poisonous snakes around, preferably big non-poisonous snakes, to give the rattlers some competition. If I can't catch it I will dispatch it.

    Is there a way you can set up so your wife can block the way back under the coop when she sees it out? Maybe just leave a fairly small exit hole and have a way for her to block that.

    One trap that might work is a minnow trap. You need to get one with really small mesh wire as they can get through some really small holes. Maybe bait it with an egg. It's not that unusual to find a water snake trapped in a minnow trap. Your hens will be too large to get inside the trap.

    I've heard of wadding up or folding bird netting or deer netting so the snake gets tangled up in that. Supposedly the scales get caught. You might try something like that.
     
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  6. jolly wattles

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    Again I understand the whole balance of nature thing. I'm an avid hunter and country boy. Was just wanting ideas on how to remove this one snake under the coop so I can seal it up without trapping the snake under the coop to die.
     
  7. jolly wattles

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    Good ideas. Thanks!
     
  8. jp57

    jp57 Chirping

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    I had a black snake stuck in my garage once. It was always peeking out of the same spot but would retreat if I got near to it. Since their head is wider than their neck, I rigged up a slip knot on a long piece of string. I opened the noose so it was in the area where the snake was sticking out. I waited for him to start coming out and then tightened the noose around his neck so the string would prevent him from going backwards. It took a couple of tries, but I was able to get him out that way.
     
  9. Chickassan

    Chickassan Wattle Fondler

    You could run it out with paper towels soaked in ammonia or perfume of some kind. Snakes don't like funky scents.
     
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  10. jolly wattles

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    I actually thought about that but didn't want strong scents around the chickens. Especially ammonia if it took him awhile to come out.
     

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