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Old 11-24-2007, 02:29 AM   #1
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Snake Deterrents

... other than a mongoose, does anybody have any ideas?

I found a snake in my backgarden this morning but by the time I got outside, it had slithered away. Thing is I don't want it coming onto my patio and coming into the house thru the catflap. Chances are the snake is a dugite, which is poisonous. Unfortunately, I didn't get to see it's head which would have been a more assured way of identifying it but I only got it's tail as it slithered thru the dying nasturtiums.

Only a couple of my cats are likely to hunt it and give me a "present" (thankfully!!!) but the rest will be safe provided it doesn't get attracted to the house. So if there was a natural deterrent that I could place around the edge of my patio, I could feel relatively secure. I live near bush so they are always close to my mind but in ten years this is only the third snake I have had - one of those was dead and the other was a dying young dugite. Oh and I'm not trying to kill it. There is a snake catcher near me that I can call on (for a fee I expect) if I can locate it again but I would rather it just slithered back from whence it came.

Your suggestions please?

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Old 11-24-2007, 04:38 AM   #2
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Well, I would LOVE to be a source of info on this, but................

Snakes go, where snakes want. Like spiders, the seek warmth, all be it the bottom of your work boots or a nice hot tile on the patio. Snakes will come and go, that is what they do.

No suggestions, but as a city grows, it forces the lil critters to be where humans are.
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:25 AM   #3
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Thanks Tattrat! I have a bush reserve one door down from me, so wildlife in my garden is quite common - just not live and slithering dugites!! Bit of luck it might think my garden is too busy for it and go back to the bush. Can live in hope!
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Old 11-24-2007, 06:48 AM   #4
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Ewww!!! Scared to death of snakes, As much as I loved Steve Irwin and His commitment to nature and its anmials. If I saw it would end up dead. The only problem with that is I have to get somesle to do it cause I could stand to look at it dead or alive on on TV or in a magazine. I could be a 6 inch one or a 12 ft one. each one is a goner in my book.

On the other hand, my cousin use to get alot of black snakes (Harmless) around her in ground pool when she lived in a wooded area. Her husband was worst then me with them. He heard that they wouldn't go over a course rope. so he brought this huge thick course rope and lined the outside area of the pool and they came up to it but never came across. He kept moving the rope little futher back after a couple of days and after awhile they found somewhere else to go.
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:01 AM   #5
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Rope? That's interesting. Could try that, only need about 5 metres.

I'm wary of snakes but not scared. To tell the truth, I was closing the curtains when I saw it slithering under the gate into the back garden and my first thought was "Ooh, look at that snake!". A couple of moments later, I reacted!!

I wouldn't be concerned if it was a grass snake or something harmless but dugites are poisonous and pythons can take a cat.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:16 AM   #6
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Bilby, Have you ever tried diatimatious earth?(DE) We have spotted adders here and they are poisonous also. They are around the pool alot so my DH thought he would pour some DE around the pool and deck area. Lo and behold... no snakes!?! A friend( bio. teacher) later told me DE is like shattered glass to us. So to a snake it is like it is slithering over glass!! Good luck with your snake problem. DawnT
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:32 AM   #7
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Bilby, Have you ever tried diatimatious earth?(DE) We have spotted adders here and they are poisonous also. They are around the pool alot so my DH thought he would pour some DE around the pool and deck area. Lo and behold... no snakes!?! A friend( bio. teacher) later told me DE is like shattered glass to us. So to a snake it is like it is slithering over glass!! Good luck with your snake problem. DawnT
Thanks Dawn! I have never even heard of it! I have to go to the hardware store in the next few days, so I will ask about it there.
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Short of putting up a physical barrier that would have to go a foot or so in the ground and stand a good 3 feet high, made out of a material a snake would have a hard time climbing, such as tin roofing. (which frankly would likely be quite an ugly fence), I doubt there are any deterrents that would work all of the time.
Snakes have to eat, so you should look to see if there are mice, rats, frogs and such in your garden.
Of course, removing them would be quite a chore.
It may well be that the snake was merely passing through.
If you see what appears to be the same snake several times, you might dispatch the snake or trap it and move it.
At the risk of offending any animal rights activists, here on the Edge of the Great Dismal Swamp, a 410 shotgun does an admirable job of dispatching the offensive critter. Be very vigilant around a poisonous snake.
And remember they are likely more afraid of you than you are of them.
Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:01 AM   #9
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I'm a firm believer in them being more afraid of me!! I have a healthy respect for it and hope it is just passing thru. My neighbours have been clearing their property up so I am hoping it came from them and will be scared off by all the meat eating birds I have here. The cats won't scare it, just annoy it unfortunately.
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Old 11-24-2007, 09:11 AM   #10
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On the program Dirty Jobs Mike Rowe worked with an exterminater once and they threw moth balls under a house as a snake repellant. Don't know if it works but its worth a try. They said that the moth balls do not harm the snakes, only repells them.
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