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Guarding My Woodpile

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Rich_CT, Jun 13, 2009.

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  1. Rich_CT

    Rich_CT Member

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    I guess I won't have too many mice taking up residence in my woodpile this summer.

    Rich

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  2. jadm

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    I was out hanging laundry on the line the other day and looked down when I saw movement on the ground by my wood pile and there was a 2 foot snake making it's rounds....

    I am okay with one snake but have had friends who have had to remove snakes as they were multiplying rapidly.....I will keep an eye out as the summer progresses.

    Wood piles seem to have their own little eco systems going on. Very interesting to watch.
  3. SmokinPiney

    SmokinPiney Feeling the Heat

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    Rat snake?? Looks small enough to be a black racer but usually the only part of them ya see is the tail when they're scootin the other way..
  4. Rich_CT

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    It's a rat snake. Can tell by the white chin and checkerboard belly. Snakes give me the heebie-jeebies, but I'll let him be.

    Rich
  5. humpin iron

    humpin iron Feeling the Heat

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    the only reason the snake is there is for the food supply
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    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    I like to see snakes around. They eat bugs and other pests. They're not interested in people... they just want to be left alone.

    -SF
  7. karl

    karl Minister of Fire

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    I've always wondered if you could tell what type of snake has been in your yard by the skin. Around here if it's long and slender, I figure a black snake and if it's short and fat, I figure a copperhead. Is there a difference in the pattern on the skin once it's shead?
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Snakes like going into my woodpile to molt. They can snag their old skin on the edges of the splits to wriggle out of it. It freaks the wife out if I don't brush off all of the old skins before bringing in the splits.
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    I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!
    Makes my skin crawl.

    I can walk outside and see a bear and it won't bother me, but a little snake gives me the creepie-crawlers like nothing else.

    I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!!I hate snakes!!! :grrr: :ahhh: :bug: :eek:hh:
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    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    We don't even have snakes out here in the wet NW. Well, we have these tiny overgrown worm looking garter snakes that don't have poision or anything but they don't compare to that beauty.

    We do have frogs!
  11. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    Snakes don't bother me. As a kid, my friend and I would see who would hesitate to snatch up a good sized "water moccasin"
    Hog nosed Puff Aters would throw off the best show making any newbie think its a giant man-eating snake.Milk snakes would never strike and would just curl around my arm.
    We would quest every summer for green snakes which were hard to see and catch. Have'nt seen to many rat snakes in my travels.

    Nice pic btw!

    WoodButcher
  12. Rich_CT

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    Darn, you burst my bubble. I thought it was admiring my stacking ability. :) He should have plenty of critters and insects to choose from.

    Here's another pic taken this past Sat. Based on the length of my splits (16"), I'd estimate that it's about 4 ft long, maybe a bit longer.

    Rich

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    We found its old skin in the pile. My wife sounds like the opposite of yours. She works/volunteers at Beardsley Zoo in CT and brought the skin in to show to her co-workers. My wife respects the snake... I'm the one that's scared.

    Rich
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    I'm with this guy 100%
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    iceman Minister of Fire

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    me too!
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    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    We have these reddish purple lizards that do the same thing. No snakes.
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    I don't mind snakes as long as I see them first.......I HATE being surprised by one!!! Move a rock or a piece of wood and all of a sudden a snake's right there.......Bwaaaahh
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    SmokinPiney Feeling the Heat

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    Just watch gettin your hands close to him. Rat snakes can be mean sob's sometimes. Course they aint poisonous but their bite hurts like hell! I got bit a few yrs ago by a 5ft rat and my hand felt like someone smashed it with a sledge..
  19. Rich_CT

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    I'm not getting close to that pile until the fall. Hopefully, it will have had it's fill of mice, chipmunks, etc. and moved on by then.

    It was out on top of the tarp most of the afternoon today, getting some sun. I've read that rat snakes will get aggressive if they feel threatened. Also, read that they will release some nasty smelling musky secretion as a defense mechanism. I don't want to get bitten or have smelly wood, so I'll let him be.

    Rich
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    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    Nice pet snake you have there! I only come across some of our garter snakes - some up to 3 feet long - so no worries here. Those black rat snakes are great for keeping the vermin down but I hardly see them anymore. Have seen them up to 8 feet long as a kid. I know the garter snakes secrete that smelly chit when you pick them up. I don't even bother handling them anymore as it stinks horribly. I think there are many other snakes that secrete stuff to get you to drop them - not sure about the black snakes though.
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    That thing would meet a quick death if it were in my wood pile... I'm not at all for killing animals, but I HATE snakes in my habitat. Besides, we have cats to take care of the rodents.
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    The kids sure consider him a pet. When they get off the school bus they'll go to the pile to see where he's lounging. He was sunning himself on top of the pile again today. I think at this point he realizes we're not a threat. The first few days that we approached him, he would slither back into the pile after seeing us. Now he just keeps working on his tan.

    I've seen plenty of garter snakes too. This is the first rat snake I've seen here. According to the DEP, the rat snake is a protected species in CT: http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/wildlife/pdf_files/nongame/snkwebview.pdf

    Rich
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    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Good Lord !!!

    You guys !!!! :lol:

    My daughter lives in the apartment in our home. She has 2 very lovely tuxedo kittehysss, who love to play with garter snakes :snake:

    When they bring one into the apartment for her to peruse their hunting ability, or to teach her how to hunt, she jumps up on the toilet bowl (lid down) and dials her cell phone to 1 800 Call Mom, who then dispatches said snake. I will add that it's always dead at this point ( the snake).

    The Army trained MP. Jumping on a toilet bowl because of a snake :smirk: It's not my DNA, I swear >:-(
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    Rat snakes eat rodents. They are your friends. Keep em close and take care of him.
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    SmokinPiney Feeling the Heat

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    Snakes can also carry oils from certain types of ivy on them. Two years ago I caught a black racer that had fallen out of some vines in a tree at work. He wrapped himself around my forearm a few times before i let him go and 2 days later i had a serious case of poison sumac on that very spot!!!! NOT FUN.......
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