Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jmantoo1, Jun 7, 2007.

  1. jmantoo1

    jmantoo1 Songster

    Apr 11, 2007
    i have a snake that ate a golf ball and 2 fake eggs if this does not make him stop how can i kill him or move him [​IMG]
  2. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Songster

    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    Well, Odds are it will stop him. He probably wont be able to digest them. PLEASE DO NOT kill him! Snakes are awesome animals and have a great place in our eco-system. You can scoop him up with a shovel or rake and drop him in a bucket. Take him far away and release him, but dont take him too far away. Make sure there will be something for him to eat there. Please, just please dont kill him.
  3. farmgirl2477

    farmgirl2477 Songster

    Apr 2, 2007
    Oviedo, FL
    DH uses his welding gloves then grabs the snake. We just moved him to the neighbors pasture...havent seen hims since (doesnt mean hes not there though)

    I just saw the black snake that likes to hang around the house. It had been so long since I had seen it, I thought it was gone. Apparently not! Hes harmlesss, so I put up with him around. I figured he was here first LOL

    Good luck with him.

    And what would make a snake eat golf balls and fake eggs [​IMG] you would think they would know the difference!
  4. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Songster

    May 14, 2007
    Whack its head off jmantoo1, eeww I hate those things. Only two things in this world can make me srceam like a little girl, 1 being snakes and 2 being crawdads , or for you southern folk craw fish. I dont care what good things they do they are evil- says so in the bible. Good greif no i got the willies,
  5. Terry Allan Hall

    Terry Allan Hall In the Brooder

    Quote:Where in your Bible does it say snakes are evil?

    If you're referring to Adam and Eve, it was Satan in the guise of a serpent...not even the same thing!

    jmantoo1, call your nearest herpetological society...they'll be happy to relocate it, unharmed, for you.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2007
  6. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Guess it depends what one perceives as being the problem. In our case snakes are allies. They keep the mice/rats out of the feed and bedding. I'm waiting for someone to post a pic of a native, non-poisionous, North American snake killing and eating a full grown standard chicken. Keeping peeps and little pullets anywhere but behind hardware cloth is just asking for trouble.

    We have big Blue Racers that overwinter under the house (like that limestone rock foundation - they think it's a cave, I guess), Copperheads all over (no recorded human deaths from the bite of a Copperhead in the state of Missouri - not such hot poison). We rehomed a Timber Rattler years ago, but that was the only snake we won't welcome. We do not like to have the Rodents. They are much more dangerous (disease) than any any snake around here. If we lose a few eggs, O.K., but the chickens are far more trouble to the snakes than the other way around (Just posted a nice shot of a Red Variant Eastern Garter - saved from chooks last week):

    Now, for real danger, sometime I'll relate how my dear Cassie took her coffee and went out back to enjoy the morning, still wearing her nightgown. She squatted down to pull some Henbit and discovered that she was on top of a Yellow Jacket nest...
  7. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I'm waiting for someone to post a pic of a native, non-poisionous, North American snake killing and eating a full grown standard chicken. Keeping peeps and little pullets anywhere but behind hardware cloth is just asking for trouble.

    My baby roo was killed last week by a 4' black snake. I had 3' of chicken wire (which it climbed over) over my 6' chain link fence instead of hardware cloth. I reckon I asked for trouble. Right? Be careful what of you say, my just might offend people.​
  8. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Songster

    Feb 7, 2007
    Northern California
    Whenever I am in Asia I will always eat snake it is very delicious, here they just don't seem to be as common. In quite a few countries they are considered delicacies I know most people here probably don’t want to hear that when their use to eating everything out of a can or box.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2007
  9. xitaa

    xitaa In the Brooder

    May 18, 2007
    In the spring, after the snakes have begu to move. Go buy the biggest box of moth balls you can find. Sprinkle them around the edge of the run or house. Don't know how you will keep the chickens from eating them. Must think about that. Snakes will not cross the moth balls. A Texas Parks and Wildlife person told us this when we moved to a new house that had all kind of snakes under the foundation. Be sure to keep it up all summer and after the first frost, so the snakes will not come back. Maybe covering the moth balls up with shade cloth or something would help.
  10. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon

    Jan 27, 2007
    Southern28chick: Sorry about your roo (have been catching up on posts and did read about your loss). However, my observation was boilerplate (no different than if I'd stated the obvious by observing that using chicken wire instead of welded wire is to invite disaster). We have a wide variety of snakes on our property. Before we got chooks and turks I came home from work and went into the laundry room to check the mouse traps. I discovered a three foot long Prarie King Snake had swallowed a trapped mouse right up to the the break bar (I lifted the bar, removed the mouse and took mr.snake and his meal out to the garage to eat in peace). I've also watched a two foot long Eastern Water snake by the pond swallowing an enormous Bullfrog; so, yeah, I respect what they can do to little guys and fence accordingly. But I certainly meant no offense to anyone.

    As far as Dr.T's repellent (basically Naphthalene and sulfur) and straight Naphthalene (mothballs) - California uses a different chemical, I think. Neither is useful against visually oriented snakes. Apparently Dr. T's is only registered for Rattle Snakes and one species of Garter snake.

    I'm posting links on Naphthalene (one can make up one's mind on which is worse: The serpent or the chemical). As well as a link that has some actual info on snake proof fences and traps.

    Well, here's what I saved from the turkey hens, just this afternoon (they really do act and look like their ancient ancestors when stalking prey). It's a Speckled King Snake, and I'm hoping it gets a rat someday.

    Last edited: Jun 12, 2007

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