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Let’s talk snakes for a minute...

northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,036
edited April 14 in Off Topic
was trimming my fig ivy yesterday and witnessed a snake slather between the stones in the corner of the picture below

i had seen on occasion my dogs paying close attention on other occasions, but thought they were chasing the usual lizard which mesmerizes them. The snake (what little I saw) was slightly thicker than a pencil...but I have no feel for length. What a saw was brown with some black stripes...not real sure of direction....as I only caught a quick glemps. So my question is (being from the only good snake is a dead snake) are there a suck thing as snake bait? Way to catch? Exterminate? Asking for my wife....actually havn’t mentioned it to her yet? Best approach?
Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

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  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 897
    Seriously though...if you can tell if it’s non poisonous then let it be.  They eat small rodents & some snakes feed on poisonous snakes.   Could have been a rat snake from the description.  
    SoCal  XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,036
    garden snakes are cool and very helpful. They eat all kinds of nasty critters and keep your eco system balanced. Unless it was a copperhead, which are very easily identified, you are in good shape. Just think of it as a legless lizard :)

    was trimming my fig ivy yesterday and witnessed a snake slather between the stones in the corner of the picture below

    i had seen on occasion my dogs paying close attention on other occasions, but thought they were chasing the usual lizard which mesmerizes them. The snake (what little I saw) was slightly thicker than a pencil...but I have no feel for length. What a saw was brown with some black stripes...not real sure of direction....as I only caught a quick glemps. So my question is (being from the only good snake is a dead snake) are there a suck thing as snake bait? Way to catch? Exterminate? Asking for my wife....actually havn’t mentioned it to her yet? 
    Yeah....gonna have to get another look at that rascal. Was a brief encounter and only caught a glemps at that. Gonna keep it on the down low till I get a better look.
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,036
    SSQUAL612 said:
    That’s a garden hose...nothing to fret. 
    I think you intended to say garden snake...as I am certain my hose was not moving like that. :o
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,036

    dmchicago said:
    There are actually good snakes. Probably harmless.
    Thinking wife might differ with you on this one. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • jeffwitjeffwit Posts: 1,140
    Let it be. Like others have said, they eat pests. Snakes are way more anxious to avoid you than you are to avoid them. 
    I found this beauty in my front yard the other day.  

    He was pretty pissed because my cat had been messing with him, but I tried to catch him anyway. As a PSA, even harmless snakes will bite if angry enough. 

    Jefferson, GA
    XL BGE, MM, Things to flip meat over and stuff
    Wife, 3 kids, 4 dogs, five cats. One overworked vacuum cleaner.
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,480
    Leave it alone. It’s not like it was one of these that I saw 2 weeks ago. 


    XL BGE, Klose BYC, ProQ Excel, Weber Kettle, Firepit, Grand Turbo gasser, and a portable Outdoor Gourmet gasser for tailgating

    San Antonio, TX

  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 897
    Foghorn said:
    Leave it alone. It’s not like it was one of these that I saw 2 weeks ago. 


    Yep...red on yellow is not good.
    SoCal  XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 6,480
    Yep.  No bueno.


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    San Antonio, TX

  • DuckDogDrDuckDogDr Posts: 692
    I used to believe like you all snakes are bad, and my dad used to fuss at me for killing anything that slithered including kingsnakes....well a couple of years ago I killed a couple kingsnakes and found out the hard way they are good....old Chinese proverb ..the enemy of my enemy is my friend....the next summer I had a REAL problem with copper heads..got but myself , all 3 of my dogs got bit...before the summer was over we killed 9 in my back yard..

    This year I have a kingsnake that likes to hang out on my porch...on the arm railing at that   :s but he gets a free pass even though he scares the **** out of me every day...because he keeps the copperheads away
  • When I was landscaping in Raleigh  there was a 5 foot black snake that lived in a customers wall he got in behind the power meter. pretty cool snake When we showed up it would go up the power meter and into the wall or he would climb up in the crepe Myrtle get out of our way.  I told the guy about it he just shrugged his shoulders probably would’ve been a different story if I had spoke with his wife :o 
  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 8,797
    It's probably a Green Mamba.  I say move or burn the house down.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    XL, Medium, Minimax, Blackstone Griddle
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 897
    Big California Garter Snake crossing my path the other day. 


    SoCal  XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • GATravellerGATraveller Posts: 5,414
    edited April 14
    Accidentally ran over this guy leaving for work last week. Can't decide if it's a copper head or brown snake. We do have a lot of copper heads around which I don't like.....the rest I'm indifferent to. 

    "Social media gives legions of idiots the right to speak when they once only spoke at a bar after a glass of wine, without harming the community [...] but now they have the same right to speak as a Nobel Prize winner. It's the invasion of the idiots."

                                                                                  -Umberto Eco

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    Peachtree Corners, GA
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 11,582
    One morning in NC I looked out the window in the back yard to see that one of the branches in the trees was moving in a funny way.  Then I saw it was a snake, about five feet long,  and that it was actually climbing the tree.  

    Did some Googling - rat snake.  Harmless and actually one you want around.   Still freaked the sh!t out of me though.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,496
    I would rather have black snakes they rodents..
                                                                        
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    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • bgebrentbgebrent Posts: 16,497
    Snakes are your friend.  Your glimpse of the juvenile snake with “brown with black stripes” leaves open the door for it being a copperhead.  They have distinctive, poisonous snake, angular heads.  Google images copperhead.  Kill it if it is, respect it if it isn’t.  A copperhead could kill Maddie, especially a juvenile.
    Sandy Springs & Dawsonville Ga
  • SSQUAL612SSQUAL612 Posts: 897
    Here's some info on the different rat snake species. 

     https://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/elaobs.htm
    SoCal  XL BGE 2016, MES, 18.5 WSM,  36"&17" Black Stone, Adj Rig, Woo, Grill Grates, SS Smokeware Cap, KAB,  FB 300, Thermapen 
  • GregWGregW Posts: 1,723
    I really don't have anything against snakes, but if it's in my yard he's as good as dead if I see it.
    I spent the early portion of life living in a snake infested area. Every dog I had was bitten by rattlesnakes. My father was bitten on the hand and nearly lost his arm.
     My grand parents eventually had us move to the family farm to prevent us kids from being bitten.
    Snakes are more than welcome to live out their lives in peace as long as they aren't in my yard.
    Birmingham, AL
  • Chosen weapon for killing dangerous snakes.

     https://www.rakuten.com/shop/stealth-rabbit/product/CLD-95SLBZ/?scid=pla_google_stealth-rabbit&rmatt=tsid:1012713|cid:1058947826|agid:51617512306|tid:pla-326488966204|crid:251165831513|nw:g|rnd:289947599428542755|dvc:c|adp:1o13|mt:|loc:9014934&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0M-Awt-62gIVUgeGCh3CPggQEAQYDSABEgJhUvD_BwE

  • Killed a water mocassinn in my backyard about a year ago, then about 2 months ago came across a black racer which is harmless and slithered away to the cow pasture out back. Gotta keep your head on a swivel outside 
  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 4,496
    edited April 14
    If its not colorful or has diamonds on it and a rattle on the tail you are probably fine. If its black its a mouse trap
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014, 36" Blackstone, Anova Sous Vide
    Green Man Group 
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 11,582
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • BotchBotch Posts: 6,336
    Foghorn said:
    Leave it alone. It’s not like it was one of these that I saw 2 weeks ago. 


    How did the old Boy Scout verse go,
    "Red against Yellow, he'll kill a fellow,
    Red against Black, eat him as a snack" ?  
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 11,582
    Botch said:
    Foghorn said:
    Leave it alone. It’s not like it was one of these that I saw 2 weeks ago. 


    How did the old Boy Scout verse go,
    "Red against Yellow, he'll kill a fellow,
    Red against Black, eat him as a snack" ?  
    Fairly subtle difference there between dying and eating.
    "If the world is something you accept rather than interpret, then you're susceptible to the influence of charismatic idiots." - NdGT

    "The truth is, these are not very bright guys, and things got out of hand." - DT


  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 10,036
    SSQUAL612 said:
    Here's some info on the different rat snake species. 

     https://srelherp.uga.edu/snakes/elaobs.htm
    My best recollection of the brief view would say this is a juvinal rat snake....but I will withhold positive id until another sighting. 
    Columbia, South Carolina with a Medium, MiniMax & a 17" Blackstone

    Talk-in' 'bout, hey now! Hey now! I-ko, I-ko, un-day
    Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-né, jock-a-mo fee na-né

  • etherdomeetherdome Posts: 283
    Accidentally ran over this guy leaving for work last week. Can't decide if it's a copper head or brown snake. We do have a lot of copper heads around which I don't like.....the rest I'm indifferent to. 
    I can eliminate copperhead for you. Not a copperhead
    Upstate SC
    Large BGE
  • SGHSGH Posts: 24,076
    edited April 15
    etherdome said:
    Accidentally ran over this guy leaving for work last week. Can't decide if it's a copper head or brown snake. We do have a lot of copper heads around which I don't like.....the rest I'm indifferent to. 
    I can eliminate copperhead for you. Not a copperhead
    Agree. It like looks nothing like the copperheads we have around here. Not even vaguely similar. 

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