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Jul 5th, 2011 at 9:11am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
We've never had an issue with snakes at our home until this weekend.  It appears a garter snake has taken up residence along our foundation in our flower bed. 

My wife is deathly afraid of snakes of any size, shape or species.  As such she is afraid to go out in our back yard to tend to her flowers.

I thought about killing him, but I kind of hated to go that far.  Does anyone know how to trap a snake for disposal at a distance?

 
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Reply #1 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 10:54am

Andy Paul Lawson   Offline
Everythings okay in Mayberry.
Little Rock AR

 
I set up a big garbage bag (opened up) and put a piece of sausage in it. Not too big though. Snakes aren't picky eaters. I then tied it close and took it off.
Please don't kill a garter snake or any snake. They do so much good for the world. They love to eat mice, rats, grasshoppers, etc.
  Good luck with that and your wife. Tell her just not to reach into a dark, confined place. That is where they spend about 95% of their day.
 
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Reply #2 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 11:17am

Rare Nickle   Offline
Archie Bunker For President
Gastonia, N.C.

 
Walmart has some stuff called "Snake-B-Gone"
Don't know if it works or not.
 
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Reply #3 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 1:10pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
We've been invaded by a slow infestation of what we call tiger lilies around our house.  We once had irises but they've slowly been pushed out by the volunteer lilies.  I removed about half of them on the one side of the house.  The snake seems to take up residence in the dense stand lilies by the house.  I've seen him/her twice slithering from the gravel topped septic tank in the morning.  I suspect she is warming up there at night, then when startled by us, makes her escape to the lilies. 

I can withstand an occasional startlement but my wife is scared witless.  I, myself, can appreciate and somewhat welcome the eater of voles and such, but she has to go for my wife's sanity. 

I will try the bag method.  Failing that, I'll go for the Snake-B-Gone.

I suspect I will have to, carefully, go to work on the remaining lilies this weekend.


Not sure why we are suddenly cohabitating with a garter snake.  We had a dog until a couple years ago.  Maybe her odor has finally worn off to the point the snake has felt comfortable approaching our yard.

Is this snake an egg layer or a live bearer?
 
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Reply #4 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 1:18pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
The lilies are a lot of work to eradicate.  They have to be dug up, roots, tubers and all or they will come back.  The worst thing they do is damage our insulation.  We have 1" blueboard insulation around the perimeter of our foundation.  The lilies' roots have burrowed into the insulation.  I fear I may have to replace some of it.

We have a small stand of them around the base of a light pole guy wire.  But up by the house they are a destructive nuisance!
 
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Reply #5 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 2:45pm

Briscoe Darling   Offline
"You arguin' with me?"
Ruffton, NC

 
Garter snakes lay eggs.  Non-poisonous snakes lay eggs and poisonous give live birth.

Garter snakes are easy to catch and release somewhere else.
 

"Thought about killin' him, kinda hated to go that far"
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Reply #6 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 4:17pm

Puddingtame   Offline
I Love Mayberry!

 
Try playing your harmonica and see if you can lure him out of city limits. Grin
Might work!
 

Puddingtame! Ask me again I'll tell you the same!
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Reply #7 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 6:21pm

Keevy Hazelton   Offline
Ocean View, VA

 

While we're on the subject, were snakes ever mentioned on TAGS?
 

"Don't take no nerve to do something when there ain't nothin' else you can do."....Tom Joad
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Reply #8 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 6:43pm

Rare Nickle   Offline
Archie Bunker For President
Gastonia, N.C.

 
Acording to Wikipedia the Garter snake gives birth and can have as many as 80 to a litter.
 
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Reply #9 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 6:53pm

Keevy Hazelton   Offline
Ocean View, VA

 
 

"Don't take no nerve to do something when there ain't nothin' else you can do."....Tom Joad
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Reply #10 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 7:32pm

Puddingtame   Offline
I Love Mayberry!

 
Keevy Hazelton wrote on Jul 5th, 2011 at 6:21pm:
While we're on the subject, were snakes ever mentioned on TAGS?

We saw Barney mimicking one when demonstrating his Martial Arts.
 

Puddingtame! Ask me again I'll tell you the same!
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Reply #11 - Jul 5th, 2011 at 7:43pm

Phil Sunkel   Offline

 
Puddingtame wrote on Jul 5th, 2011 at 7:32pm:
Barney mimicking one 


Ready to strike at any moment.

 
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Reply #12 - Jul 6th, 2011 at 8:39am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
Briscoe Darling wrote on Jul 5th, 2011 at 2:45pm:
Garter snakes lay eggs.  Non-poisonous snakes lay eggs and poisonous give live birth.

Garter snakes are easy to catch and release somewhere else.



Maybe I'll try that this weekend.  I'll go out looking for her then step on her kind of easy.  The grab her behind the head, stuff her in a tow sack, then haul her down the road a few miles near a creek.
 
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Reply #13 - Jul 6th, 2011 at 12:29pm

Uncle Ollie   Offline
You know what they say
about widows Andy
North Carolina, USA

 

You can run snakes off with moth balls, just don't run 'em the wrong way!

I have a possum that stops by for cat food sometimes. I call him Opossum Paul.
 

Hate to knock your town Andy but Lake Charles black topped around the gas works three years ago!
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Reply #14 - Jul 6th, 2011 at 12:41pm

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
.

 
Ohhh. we had a opossum take up residence under our yard barn this spring.  Apparently, she died.  Hoooo Wee!!!i She smelled for a couple weeks.  Shocked

 
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