What do you do with a snake when it takes a nap in your backyard

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Submitted by flu on September 16, 2017 - 7:13pm

What are you suppose to do when a snake takes a nap in your backyard....something preferably non-lethal....

Anyone want to guess what kind of snake it is?

Submitted by ucodegen on September 16, 2017 - 11:21pm.

Do you have a snake stick? Hook at midsection and lift. Snake sticks are pretty long - so don't try it with a plain old stick.

Looks like a gopher snake - by pattern.
http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/im...
http://www.californiaherps.com/identific...
I can't see if there is a rattle on the tail - though it does look 'kinked'.

Try getting some ice from the fridge and put in pot filled with water. Swirl around until water is really cold. Pour where don't want the snake to go (looks like he may be heading towards you, so in front and a little on him. Leave the other side warm, dry.)

This guy is largely stretched out.. so it can't strike right now - though gopher's are constrictors. It also looks like it may have recently eaten. The midsection of the snake is rather 'thick'.

Submitted by DataAgent on September 17, 2017 - 12:33am.

Order one of these from Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_...

You'll probably get it in an hour.

Submitted by ocrenter on September 17, 2017 - 8:02am.

Hope everything came out ok. I would have probably used my telescoping pool net and dump it in a bagged trash can.

Seems like with the wet winter there are more lizards, more rabbits, more coyotes, and more snakes...

Part of the price we have to pay to live in Lizard-land.

Submitted by flu on September 17, 2017 - 8:26am.

I just let it be. Probably a golpher snake and those keep rats and mice in check. I'll order a snake stick on Amazon for next time

Submitted by SK in CV on September 17, 2017 - 9:38pm.

Yeah, it's a gopher snake. They can be pretty ornery. It doesn't want anything more from you than you want from it. Just leave it be, unlikely it will stick around for long. Or just move it along with a stick from behind and it will go back where it came from. Approach it from the front and it's likely to strike.

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