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Old 04-28-2011, 07:39 PM
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Wife and I closed on the new-to-us house yesterday.

FIRST "visitor" about 10A.M. today was THIS guy. Up the stairway "pickets" to the screened porch for a while, then, into an adjacent bush by the railing.

Me THINKS it's an ole' BLACKSNAKE? Solid black body, light yellow on the belly, and a "round" head. This one was about 5ft. PLUS (not a "fsih tale"! ). Pretty good size for a blacksnake.

What say ye' - AND, what's the BEST thing to use to keep these critters in the WOODS, and NOT on the porch or steps??????????????? ;?

Mothballs? "Snake-Away"? Other??????????? ;?

Didn't want to kill him - kept my distance - but just want to discourage him from coming TOO close to the house.

HELP! (before I have to pull out the 12ga., shovel, or a bayonet! )
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looks like a black snake, my dogs eat them so we don't have issues.. they bother the neighbors now and not me We do have a large one living in the front yard where the dogs are not on patrol, i let him get the critters... back yard is ours...
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Cobra it's harmless..
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Yup looks to be a typical black snake, put some sulfur out that should keep them away
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Looks like a black racer http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/herpetology...onstrictor.htm

Hard to tell for sure, look at the picture and see if it looks like what you saw. If it is, they are good to have around. I have lots of them around my house and they are not very afraid of people, but are basically harmless.
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Let him be, there the best mice/rat catchers out there.
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Congrats! You have an Eastern Rat snake from the best I can tell from the pic. Called just about everything under the sun. (pretty much every poster's naming applies)

They are top notch mousers!
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Originally Posted by Ifishalot View Post
Congrats! You have an Eastern Rat snake from the best I can tell from the pic. Called just about everything under the sun. (pretty much every poster's naming applies)

They are top notch mousers!
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They are very docile and great to have nearby. They will even keep the bad snakes away. He'll move off with people around. Moth balls do work. I have to remove/discourage them on occasion due to a hysterical GF!
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Can I borrow him for a couple weeks??
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All I have is ringnecks.
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Send him to my house. We have a rat epidemic around here so the more of those guys the better.
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Black rat snake.
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That ones been around a while. Hasn't missed many meals either. They're harmless, but they do have bad attitudes if you mess with em.
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Congrats on the move Bruce. Looks like a nice old Hanover black snake. We have a few copperheads around here too.

You have the inch worm epidemic at your house? Many of my oak trees have been stripped clean by thousands/millions? of these things. My house/deck/trim is a mess from the droppings. Sounded like it was raining in the woods.

I think they have finally transformed and dropped out of the trees. I've noticed large areas in Hanover and 295 where the trees are stripped.
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Taste Good
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you have mice- no mice no snakeis-
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How much do you want for him?
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Originally Posted by Dead Horse View Post
you have mice- no mice no snakeis-
Yep,
Get rid of what he is hunting for and he will go elsewhere.
Mice, rates, treefrogs, etc.
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Originally Posted by GT FISH View Post
Cobra it's harmless..


Yea looks like a harmless blacksnake and they eat tons of bugs and mice if you gottem - very harmless but you will never convince the wife of that!
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Originally Posted by neverenoughfishin View Post
Black rat snake.
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Harmless, but they do have a mouth full of small teeth. I say keep him.

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