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Old 05-17-2018, 12:02 PM   #1
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Moved into our new place in November. Love It!!! However today we had our first scaled visitor. Pretty sure that is was a rat snake. Myself felt bad when I was asked/demanded to kill it. Decided to chase it out of the yard (knowing full well it will be back). My wife has sworn that she will never go into the yard again and that I loved the snake more than her.

So what would you do? My first thought is that I need to clean the grill out because that is probably where the rats/mice are. Second thought was getting some snake tongs so that I could relocate them. Or should I not feel so bad...
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:03 PM   #2
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:03 PM   #3
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A rat snake or a happy wife....to me the answer is pretty clear! Should whacked it and saved the headache!
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:05 PM   #4
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I’d never kill a rat snake
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:06 PM   #5
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Tell her it eats rats (and fib to her that it eats venomous snakes)
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:06 PM   #6
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No, he's doing you a service. I bet if you find what he's feeding on and deal with that he'll move along.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:07 PM   #7
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Beat it to death with that garden hose while making hissing noises.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:07 PM   #8
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I wouldn't feel bad. Would have done like you and just shooed the snake along it's way.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:08 PM   #9
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I have several that hang out at my place I just run them off !
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:09 PM   #10
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You did good. No reason to kill it.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:10 PM   #11
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Tell her it eats rats (and fib to her that it eats venomous snakes)
Yeah, except that she has already looked up everything about that snake and now has a doctorate in snakeology...
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:11 PM   #12
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Rat snakes, racers, coachwhips, hog noses and Indigos are welcome at my house. Used to have a black racer that lived in between the brick exterior and the walls of my home. He would come in and out of the weep holes. My wife freaked but when I told her what he is doing in there she was like, oh well than leave it alone. He would also leave me his sheds by the backdoor.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:15 PM   #13
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Protect him
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:26 PM   #14
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Next time relocate it where it won't come back. Don't just chase it away
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:32 PM   #15
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Yeah, except that she has already looked up everything about that snake and now has a doctorate in snakeology...
Well then she should know it's harmless and helping you guys out with rodent control .
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:37 PM   #16
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You can pick up that rat snake by the tail and relocate it. Just shake it when it tries to lift up its head.

Or if you want to rile up some on here.. start a new thread with a headless snake pic.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:42 PM   #17
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tell her to man up and get over it!!!!
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:44 PM   #18
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All snakes that come on the patio leave dead, happy wife happy life. I'm more concerned with her happiness than a serpent. So far I have killed rat snakes, copperheads, brown snakes and a coral snake on the patios or in the garage. I believe the coral snake was on the patio to eat the brown snakes as I killed them all at the same time.

However, we now have a cat and that killing machine has killed anything a snake would want to eat so I don't think we will have a problem in the future.
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Old 05-17-2018, 12:50 PM   #19
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Get a few layin hens. Then when you kill a chicken snake you won’t have to feel bad or explain yourself.
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Old 05-17-2018, 01:51 PM   #20
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Depends on if you are raising any kind of birds as they love them and eggs.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:00 PM   #21
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Dang that's a big one!!! Good snake!
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:02 PM   #22
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After watching the guy next door hack up a beautiful speckled king snake a few years ago, I became the "snake relocation guy" for my part of the neighborhood. I made a simple snake catcher out of a hoe handle with a pull-loop on the end. I put them in a box and take them to a heavily wooded area a couple miles away. My wife is pretty snake-phobic so I have to get rid of them, I'd just rather not kill them. the large majority have been rat snakes - I have yet to see a venomous one.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:03 PM   #23
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The snake is there for a reason. I'd rather have the rat snake around. They're not harmful.
Chase it off and a rattlesnake may take its place.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:12 PM   #24
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The snake is there for a reason. I'd rather have the rat snake around. They're not harmful.
Chase it off and a rattlesnake may take its place.
This is my thinking as well.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:17 PM   #25
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Rat snakes dont chase off rattlesnakes.
If you want to keep it alive to kill your rat infestation... fine..but dont think its going to be a rattlebug deterrent.
If you got the right environment for a rat snake.. you got rattlesnakes.
Just sayin'.
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Old 05-17-2018, 02:24 PM   #26
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If I were to stumble upon him myself, just let him be. But since the wife knows, no shame in killing it to a avoid the paranoia and headaches involved with a wife who is scared of snakes.
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:45 PM   #27
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Rat snakes dont chase off rattlesnakes.
If you want to keep it alive to kill your rat infestation... fine..but dont think its going to be a rattlebug deterrent.
If you got the right environment for a rat snake.. you got rattlesnakes.
Just sayin'.
I took that to mean, the rat snake would eat rats and mice so there would be fewer of those and therefore less food for a rattlesnake to be attracted to.

My wife kills rat snakes herself, so I don't tell her when I see one.
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:50 PM   #28
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Old 05-17-2018, 03:52 PM   #29
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Rats /roaches/mice
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:02 PM   #30
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all snakes around my wife meet the judge with swift punishment by .410. but if I stumble upon them alone and it is not venomous it lives to eat more things.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:07 PM   #31
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I would much rather have the rat snakes around eating the rats and mice.
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Old 05-17-2018, 04:55 PM   #32
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We found a rat snake on our driveway a couple weeks ago. We relocated/encouraged him to the pasture next to us. Of course he was outside. We've found 3 over the years inside the house. As I'm not about to pick it up, those unfortunately, lose their heads prior to relocation...
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Old 05-17-2018, 07:44 PM   #33
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No reason to kill, just relocate.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:57 PM   #34
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I was on the tractor yesterday, shredding fence rows and let a 4' coachwhip take his time getting out of my way

Venomous close to the house or rat snake in my hen house get whacked
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:01 PM   #35
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Get a few layin hens. Then when you kill a chicken snake you won’t have to feel bad or explain yourself.
Yep! Kill all chicken snakes! Hate em. Lost many a chicken and egg to em. Sometimes they will kill multiple half grown chickens trying to get them down their throat. Bunch a dead 2 month old chickens will change your mind real quick....
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:08 PM   #36
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Believe it or not there are some harmless snakes I don't particularly care for. But if I see one it can keep it moving. I ain't got no reason to mess with it and it ain't got nothin against me.

Garter Snakes and Water Snakes are two I can think of right off the top of my head. They both stink like no other.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:22 PM   #37
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Not poisonous and not hurting anyone. Let him be and he'll take care of any rodent problems in future.
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Old 05-17-2018, 10:09 PM   #38
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Good snake. You did good


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Old 05-17-2018, 10:19 PM   #39
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To answer the question though. What would I do? Give her a shovel and let her decide how bad she wants it gone.Lol But that's probably one of many reasons why I don't have a wife.
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