My best mouse trap

Smokepole

New Member
Sep 28, 2019
98
Foothills N.C.
This is the fourth spring while uncovering a wood pile to move to my shed, I exposed a nice size black snake. He was on top of the
wood pile right under the tarp and tin top cover. I laid my kindling axe next to him to show his size.( no harm came to this mouser
while being photographed) It was about 65 degrees. He was very docile, I moved wood until I got within a foot of him. I then poked him
lightly with a stick until he moved out of the way. I like to see these non poisonous snakes around my wood piles.
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blades

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2008
3,498
WI, Leroy
Going to be open season on wild cats around me.
 

BIGChrisNH

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2015
475
New Hampshire
I wish we had more non-venomous snakes around our property. The chipmunks and mice are out of control.
 
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Osage

Burning Hunk
Nov 3, 2011
234
kansas
This is the fourth spring while uncovering a wood pile to move to my shed, I exposed a nice size black snake. He was on top of the
wood pile right under the tarp and tin top cover. I laid my kindling axe next to him to show his size.( no harm came to this mouser
while being photographed) It was about 65 degrees. He was very docile, I moved wood until I got within a foot of him. I then poked him
lightly with a stick until he moved out of the way. I like to see these non poisonous snakes around my wood piles.
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We also have Black Rat Snakes in our yard and while they do help keep the rodent population down they also will thin your song bird numbers.
We feed birds , so I have decided to relocate the snakes if you know what I mean.
 

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Sodbuster

Minister of Fire
Sep 22, 2012
1,455
Michigan
Going to be open season on wild cats around me.
Just had to clear the barn of raccoons. We have 2 barn cats that keep the place rodent free. When a raccoon or another feral cats invades and goes after our cats, they go bye bye.
 

Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
898
Palmyra, WI
Son is in SC. Snakes are common enough he even has a snake picker upper thing hanging in the hen house. Oh, another 6footer. Around here poisonous snakes are rare, but not so there. Found it odd how he checks where he walks, sometimes to the point of what for me seems excessive.
Always had mice around before the cat came on board. She has a lot of fun with them now, until they don't seem to want to play anymore. She attracts other cats though. We call them stinker cats, because they are all males, and if they scent the place more than once, it's box trap time and haul them off the the pound. The neighbors are all aware. If they cared, they would neuter them and keep them safe, maybe feed them once in a while.
 

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PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
670
MA
Harmless little garter snake scared the bejesus out of me when I was mowing the lawn 15 years ago. It was sunning in a cedar in the front yard. I rode right by it on the tractor. You do not expect to go nose-to-nose with a snake right by your face when mowing. :)
 

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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
898
Palmyra, WI
Harmless little garter snake scared the bejesus out of me when I was mowing the lawn 15 years ago. It was sunning in a cedar in the front yard. I rode right by it on the tractor. You do not expect to go nose-to-nose with a snake right by your face when mowing. :)
I bet it would be surprising how many bird nests get emptied of eggs by bush climbing snakes.
 

Prof

Feeling the Heat
Oct 18, 2011
472
Western PA
I agree smokepole, I am happy to see snakes. I had a black snake like that hanging out at my place during construction. It would hang out on the cement porch and soak up the sun in the morning. I had a mouse die in the duct system in my car a couple years ago--much prefer the snakes!
 

Seasoned Oak

Minister of Fire
Oct 17, 2008
7,075
Eastern Central PA
This is the fourth spring while uncovering a wood pile to move to my shed,
He looks well fed. I hear they will eat copper heads and rattle snakes as well.
 

GadDummit

Burning Hunk
May 27, 2017
200
Oklahoma
My boy just caught a juvenile black snake out at our lake place and made it a pet. Thing is so curious and outgoing. They look like little rattlers when they're small, even shake their tail some and hiss.

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PaulOinMA

Minister of Fire
Oct 20, 2018
670
MA
Mowed today. Only the second mowing this year, and it's the end of May. April was colder than average. Think it ended up 3 1/2 degrees F below normal. Little garter snake was slithering in the grass ahead of me.