EastCoastMojo PowerDork
July 1, 2013 8:17 a.m.

No, not that one-eyed trouser snake.

Woken up at 7:00 this morning by the neighbor's dog, who by the sounds of it was losing it's berkeleying mind. Listen to it for about 30 minutes and figure the neighbor isn't home, so I head over to see what is up. Neighbor is in fact not home, but the gate is unlocked, so I head inside their backyard. Their Husky, Biscuit, has a rat snake cornered by the back part of the fence. So, I head back to the house, grab a stick and a bucket and head back over. Snake apparently just wants high ground, since it's been raining for about a week here now. Didn't take much convincing to get the snake in the bucket. I think it must have had a headache from all the barking. So now, I have a nice, quiet morning and a happy rat snake in My backyard. Not bad for my first wild snake catch, he's about a six-footer.

RossD PowerDork
July 1, 2013 8:18 a.m.

Do they taste good?

RealMiniDriver SuperDork
July 1, 2013 8:25 a.m.
EastCoastMojo wrote: No, not that one-eyed trouser snake.

Honestly, I was hoping to hear a story about stealing the neighbor's 427 Cobra.

Lesley PowerDork
July 1, 2013 8:25 a.m.

Good on you.

914Driver MegaDork
July 1, 2013 9:00 a.m.

Got home from the airport yesterday to find five chickens roaming around my driveway. My neighbor has "decorative" chickens, they got out.

tuna55 PowerDork
July 1, 2013 9:02 a.m.

Great - those snakes are perfect to have around!

cwh PowerDork
July 1, 2013 9:04 a.m.

That is a pretty good size for a rat snake. Reptile dealers might be interested in talking to you.

EastCoastMojo PowerDork
July 1, 2013 9:09 a.m.

I thought it was hilarious how it was shaking the tip of it's tail like a rattler. You're not fooling anybody buddy.

Heck, it might be the same snake that almost fell on me in the garage one day. I went to open up the garage door, and it was apparently warming itself in the channel up high on the backside of the door (sun was hitting the other side of the door). When I raised the door up he came down RIGHT next to me. Needless to say, we were both more than a bit surprised by the whole ordeal. After some yelling I had a good laugh about that one.

Toyman01 PowerDork
July 1, 2013 9:13 a.m.

I came across a Copperhead in my back yard the other day. I wasn't as nice as you were. We don't see many rat snakes around here.

bravenrace UltimaDork
July 1, 2013 9:23 a.m.

POIDH

spitfirebill UberDork
July 1, 2013 9:28 a.m.

I rarely ever see rat snakes. I saw three black snakes last week on the same job site. One was a big one.

bearmtnmartin HalfDork
July 1, 2013 10:11 a.m.

Timely thread. We have a cobra loose on our street. My wife is scared to go in the yard at night.it has been seen and photographed by a number of people and is definitely not native to British Columbia. The conservation officer has asked that if it is seen again to please run over it.

failboat SuperDork
July 1, 2013 10:39 a.m.

i WISH the snake I kept seeing in my yard was still around. ive been seeing more field mice this year....

petegossett UberDork
July 1, 2013 11:12 a.m.
bearmtnmartin wrote: The conservation officer has asked that if it is seen again to please run over it.

There's a quoteworthy sentence!

02Pilot HalfDork
July 1, 2013 11:58 a.m.

For the last several years I've had a group of Northern water snakes living in under some decking next to the vegetable garden. They like to hang out in the strawberry patch. They are apparently quite unbothered by people and seemingly are not aggressive.

Brett_Murphy UltraDork
July 1, 2013 12:49 p.m.

Mojo:

I am glad you didn't kill it. And I hear you about the rain, my house has been invaded by millipedes.

Northern Water snakes are bitey little rascals, 02Pilot.

4cylndrfury MegaDork
July 1, 2013 12:57 p.m.

I find the lack of Cobra content in this thread disturbing

Dr. Hess UltimaDork
July 1, 2013 1:03 p.m.

I had a snake that looked like a worm drop out of the rubber seal on the bottom of my garage door when I opened it one day. I put a bucket over it until I could ID it as harmless, then I let it go. Copperheads die. Violently. Went out to the back yard one day as one of the dogs was going nuts. Yup, copperhead. The other dog, Bubba, was just looking at it, like, "What? That's the copperhead." Ginger was all "Copperhead in the yard!!!" OK, Ginger. POP. No more copperhead.

beans Reader
July 1, 2013 1:23 p.m.
Brett_Murphy wrote: Mojo: I am glad you didn't kill it. And I hear you about the rain, my house has been invaded by millipedes. Northern Water snakes are bitey little rascals, 02Pilot.

Me too. Rat snakes are pretty friendly(and helpful) creatures. Bull snakes are some mean mf'ers though. If I come across one, it meets the BFH; I'd let them live, but my grandparents don't like them and have small dogs/children on their property fairly frequently. More than a few rattlers got a closeup of what a Goodyear MT/R treadblock looks like when I lived in AZ.

02Pilot HalfDork
July 1, 2013 1:30 p.m.
Brett_Murphy wrote: Northern Water snakes are bitey little rascals, 02Pilot.

That's what I'd read when I first did some research to determine 1) what they were, and 2) if I should kill them or not. But these particular snakes seem content to hang out most of the time, or head under cover if someone gets too close. Haven't seen anything that suggested aggression over several years. Not that I'm provoking them or getting too close, mind you; I have no desire to be proven wrong.

slowride Reader
July 1, 2013 1:59 p.m.

Rat snakes may be friendly, but after looking up a pic I have to say that I would lose my E36 M3 if there was one in my back yard.

EastCoastMojo PowerDork
July 1, 2013 2:17 p.m.

No worries, I have no desire to kill beneficial snakes. This little guy was so happy to be away from the dog I think it would have shook my hand if it could have.

aussiesmg UltimaDork
July 1, 2013 2:23 p.m.
EastCoastMojo wrote: No, not that one-eyed trouser snake.

OK, now I have nothing to add

wbjones PowerDork
July 1, 2013 5:18 p.m.

a friend of mine has this philosophy about snakes ... he says he's pretty sure he can tell a black snake when he see's it, and he's pretty sure he can figure out if a snake is a rattlesnake .... his point is ... the rest of those sonsabitches are copperheads ..

JoeyM MegaDork
July 1, 2013 5:54 p.m.
EastCoastMojo wrote: So now, I have a nice, quiet morning and a happy rat snake in My backyard. Not bad for my first wild snake catch, he's about a six-footer.

Good job.....you just earned good karma with the squamata varmints

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