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Wildlife Gardening: Transplanted city girl saves rat snake (twice.)

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TerriKG
Woodstock, NY
(Zone 5b)

July 1, 2008
4:35 PM

Post #5187929

Twice in one week this 4 foot black rat snake tried to get at something under my cottage. Unfortunately the mesh I use to keep things out is not snake friendly and I must change it. I must admit I was terrified but I threw a cloth over the snake's head and held it firmly while I cut the mesh off of his body. Of course I had to scream and hop a few times as he moved and squirmed. The second time, I found him immobilized at a different side of the cottage I just had to go to the house to get my camera and a sharper scissor. Once he was freed the second time, the suicidal snake hied it out of there faster than I have ever seen a snake move. It's been a few days and he's not been back. Although there is now easy access to the underside of the cottage on one side.

I did not grow up in the country but I have lived her now for 12 years and every year I get braver (as long as I have a good pair of garden gloves on. ) Hehe.

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evie_beevie
Essex Junction, VT
(Zone 4a)

July 1, 2008
11:46 PM

Post #5189852

Its a beauty. Good for you for being brave!
NatureLover1950
Vicksburg, MS
(Zone 8a)

July 3, 2008
8:55 AM

Post #5197134

Terri,
Someone else on DG just had that same problem, except one of their snakes died. They needed the mesh to keep dogs out of the flowerbed. They fixed the problem by raising the mesh a few inches off the ground so there would be clearance for the snakes.

billyporter

billyporter
Nichols, IA
(Zone 5a)

August 21, 2008
9:13 PM

Post #5448393

ROTFL!!!

Good for you! I'm sure I'd let out a few screams too!!
BirdieBlue
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2008
12:05 AM

Post #5449145

rat snakes are actually good to have around. they eat mice, rats, frogs, bugs, etc. all things that we don't want around our house and that do damage far worses than a rat snake.
Except for most Poole's "fear factor" they would be sought after as house mascots, I think.
cedar18
Lula, GA
(Zone 7b)

August 23, 2008
11:35 PM

Post #5458655

Good job Terri. Like you, I'm a 'transplant to country' for 12 years and have had many critter adventures, some of which included snakes. And you have to 'brave up' when you're out here. Even though I fully support the snakes, I've been known to squeal (and jump around) like the girl I once was when surprised by one.
roseimp
(Rosie) Belturbet
Ireland

August 26, 2008
1:50 AM

Post #5468026

Nice one Terri. Well I'm a country girl but must admit to a few phobias - who said you had to positively adore every single creature that inhabits the planet? I don't mind them inhabiting it, I just wish they wouldn't get quite so close. It's the creatures of the night I particularly detest. You know, those ones with long flappy wings and legs that fall off when you go to put them outside - crane flies - don't know if you have them in your neck of the woods? You can hear them making this soft tapping noise just after you switch off the lights at bedtime - and you know - you just know they are lurking somewhere waiting to fall on you from a great height - usually onto your face but even worse - into your hair - getting tangled up and making a panicky buzzing noise in your ear as they try to free themselves ...YYYEEEEUUUKKK! They're digusting.
OK, so now you know. I'm a coward. Give me a snake any day.
BirdieBlue
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2008
6:05 AM

Post #5468787

roseimp...you are too funny, and I am still laughing and agreeing ;-0)
roseimp
(Rosie) Belturbet
Ireland

August 26, 2008
6:23 AM

Post #5468806

We phobics gotta find an outlet somehow Birdie :-)) I'm Rosie BTW and a newbie - great place to find yourself at DG's
TerriKG
Woodstock, NY
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2008
3:01 PM

Post #5493898

roseimp...sounds like my nightmares. LOL
roseimp
(Rosie) Belturbet
Ireland

September 1, 2008
4:10 PM

Post #5494179

Terri, I can't be much of a gardener then if I can't stand creepy crawlies lol.
BirdieBlue
Winston Salem, NC
(Zone 7a)

September 1, 2008
8:35 PM

Post #5495149

Rosie,
Welcome to DG. You will find many special people here in addition to the vast wealth of information on almost any subject imaginable. I hope to see your posts around, and do hope you enjoy your membership!
--Sheri / BirdieBlue ( cause some Bluebirds nested right on my back porch this year and I got to see them grow up close and personal and absolutely am a BB addict now!!)
roseimp
(Rosie) Belturbet
Ireland

September 1, 2008
8:46 PM

Post #5495181

Thanks for the welcome Sheri, I have made a few friends already and am really enjoying myself. Its great to be able to swap ideas and experiences with people from all over the world.
There is such a wealth of wild birds in Ireland but I'm ashamed to say that I can't recognise many of them. I came from the UK two years ago where birds are getting a pretty poor time of it. Loss of habitats mainy. Two days ago a robin came and dive bombed me - my neighbour usually feeds them and she was away on holiday so I guess it was asking me for food - I love those cheeky robins.
MikeFuture
Norwalk, CT

June 18, 2009
10:02 PM

Post #6707479

Old thread but I thought I would correct the ID. This is a Northern Black Racer (Coluber c. constrictor)
cedar18
Lula, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 18, 2009
11:01 PM

Post #6707724

Hi Mike, thanks for the update.
wormfood
Lecanto, FL
(Zone 9a)

June 20, 2009
10:34 PM

Post #6716369

I'm gonna have to get rid of that netting. It's not even good for my blueberries 'cause the cardinals can pick the berries thru it and get around it. I also use it to keep the heron from getting my koi and I have to hang things from it so the birds don't break their neck flying into it. My dog even waked into it at first.
And if I have to cut loose a snake I'm just gonna die.

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