Ok - how do I get a black snake out of my well house??
Eeeek!!! I am a self proclaimed snake hater!! I personally shot and killed 10 water moccasins this spring and summer and constantly watch where I walk. Sooooo every night when I go in the COOL pump house to turn the water on to one of my pastures I carefully look around to make sure "no one" /snake is in there cooling off. Well, two nights ago there was a nice fat Black snake sleeping off a big meal in the cool stone building. I am not so hateful as to kill a Black snake, but there is no way I was going to reach down just inches from him to turn on the water!! I took a long stick and tried to encourage him to vacate the building, but he refused. I had to call DH to turn on, then off, the water. Last night he was still there - DH to the rescue again. Now I don't want to kill a Black snake, but there is no way in hell I'm reaching down to turn the faucet on with a snake wrapped around it!! We have 90 acres...he can be anywhere else minus my 2 square feet of space. Is there anything I can spray or dust the ground with to make him not like being there?? I thought Alum did something like that. How about wasp spray??
I think I might even tolerate a black snake if I knew they kept those other nasty snakes away.
Heck, as long as I know where the snake is, I am ok. Its the surprise that gets me.
He'll move off, and in the meantime, you can humor your hubby to feeling needed and helping you with the water.
Get geese. They do a great job keeping snakes away.
But, alas, it is true, black snakes are harmless, and they do keep the nasty snakes away because they'll eat darn near anything, and they are bigger than a lot of bad snakes. The element of surprise, though, is deadly. I am also a card-carrying snake-hater, I've stepped on them in my bedroom, found them curled around the dog water bowl, and always jump and scream dramatically whenever one pops up and waves hello. I think I am the almighty totem of all snakes because they seem to love me.
Just keep making your husband take care of the water until the snake moves away to a more comfy place --- once he's digested his meal, he'll go out hunting again. And maybe next time, he'll have the courtesy to hide where you don't see him when you go in to the well house!
We have one that likes to sleep on the gate. shudder.. I HATE that element of surprise even though I've come to expect it. "Charlie" is about 7.5 feet long and growing. Found a huge skin last weekend in his normal area.
a barn I boarded at used to have those damn fake snakes all over the place... scared the piss out of me a number of times as I'm stolling along adn see a damn coiled up snake at the bottom of the staircase.... then I'd recall it was a fake... I'm personally of the opinion that snakes do not belong inside... I'd keep a black snake alive... but he would definatly be relocated.
If i'm posting on Coth, it's either raining so I can't ride or it's night time and I can't sleep.
Just out of curiosity horseshrink how long have you lived in Ocala? If this is your first summer here in Fla. I guess you had better be prepared to move 'cuz you aren't going to get through a season here in the south without some kind of snake encounter!
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I have actually lived in Ocala for five years and spent 25 years a South Florida. In all that time, I never saw a snake (other than the snakes at the Miami Serpentarium at my snake phobia classes). The closest I've come is finding a snake skin in a bush in my front yard.
I am spending the summer in West Texas and am very fearful from what the locals are telling me about snakes. Hope I make it through.
Ive been in Ocala for 10 years out on a farm, amongst huge farms, and havent seen that many snakes. I was lucky enough to see a young black racer this spring; actually saw him several days in a row, but havent seen him since. I hope he's okay.
Is there a way you could put up some sort of wall of wood or some such around the faucet handle, so he can't lie ON it and you can reach in and turn it on without touching him, but leaving him room in there to sleep? I'd love to have one in my barn; the snake....but he might eat the baby birds, soooo....
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I guess you could keep the thought in your mind that if he's too well-fed and sleepy to move when you prod him with a broom or stick, he's not going to move when you reach in to turn on the water either. You could put a glove on, just to give yourself some "cootie" protection. I've been bitten by black (rat) snakes before (in camp - the "tame" snake we passed around got tired of being handled by the time it was my turn!!) and it doesn't hurt very much.