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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6480 on: January 08, 2013, 12:40:42 PM »
Re-The Snake

Take a plastic soda bottle and rinse it out thoroughly.  Cut the top part off, like you're making a funnel, then turn it around and re-tape it onto the bottle so that the end where the cap would go is now inside.  Knowing what kind of snake it is, toss in something it likes to eat (perhaps a frozen/thawed pinky mouse, or some freeze-dried crickets.)  (the term "garden snake" is pretty all-encompassing so I'm not sure specifically what kind of snake you mean)

Set the bottle trap around where you saw the snake last, you'll probably have better luck around the outside edges of the room.  Then just leave it alone.  Check it once or twice a day and change out the bait regularly.

I've been keeping corn snakes for years as pets and they are very Houdini-like in their ability to escape.  A bottle trap is usually the first method anyone suggests for catching an escapee.  They get in, eat the bait, then either can't figure their way out again or are too full and lazy to try.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6481 on: January 08, 2013, 01:25:07 PM »
Well, I've tried the heating pad and box thing.  The snake got into the box, but there's a reason these little boogers are called "little black racers".  Those suckers are fast.  It will cost $200 to get a pest removal company out here, and they would have to destroy the snake if they come out.  One of the companies advised a different method, which will kill it, but at this point, it's probably going to die anyway, since I'm having no luck capturing it on my own.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6482 on: January 08, 2013, 02:30:03 PM »
In the UK in this situation you would call the RSPCA and they would come out and humanely trap the snake then take it somewhere to release. Do you not have anything like that in the US? (assuming this is where you are)

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6483 on: January 08, 2013, 02:57:35 PM »
In the UK in this situation you would call the RSPCA and they would come out and humanely trap the snake then take it somewhere to release. Do you not have anything like that in the US? (assuming this is where you are)

As far as I know, the ASPCA will capture and release wild animals. Perhaps you could call them, mmswm.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6484 on: January 08, 2013, 03:01:47 PM »
You need Billy the Exterminator!  :)

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6485 on: January 08, 2013, 03:14:10 PM »
In the UK in this situation you would call the RSPCA and they would come out and humanely trap the snake then take it somewhere to release. Do you not have anything like that in the US? (assuming this is where you are)

As far as I know, the ASPCA will capture and release wild animals. Perhaps you could call them, mmswm.

I've called every number I can find that deals with wildlife.  The cost to bring any of them out is prohibitive.  Apparently, there's some sort of county law regarding nuisance wildlife that requires them to be destroyed anyway.  Trust me, I've tried to trap this little sucker humanely, but he's resisting with all his might.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6486 on: January 08, 2013, 03:20:32 PM »
Heating pad under the soda-bottle trap?
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6487 on: January 08, 2013, 03:25:31 PM »
I did the heating pad under a small box.  The snake got in it, but when I tried to move towards it to put something over it and remove it from the house it shot out and hid behind a bunch of books.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6488 on: January 08, 2013, 03:30:39 PM »
The idea behind the bottle is that they'll find it more difficult to exit. It seems like a good idea, depending on whether or not you've got a few crickets or feeder mice hanging out in your freezer :)
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6489 on: January 08, 2013, 03:35:32 PM »
But how would you get the snake out of the bottle once you got it outside?

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6490 on: January 08, 2013, 04:14:18 PM »
But how would you get the snake out of the bottle once you got it outside?

You just remove the tape and pop off the end.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6491 on: January 08, 2013, 06:44:48 PM »
A recent survey determined that 97% of US drivers felt that they were "above average" drivers.  ::)   And why should who feels they are an "above average" driver lay out $$$$ for lessons for their kid?

Oh, please please do you have the source for that? Not that i doubt you; i definitely don't. Gish always says he is a better driver than most people on the road, and i always say Everyone thinks that. I would love to have actual numbers from a qualified source.

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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6492 on: January 08, 2013, 06:47:05 PM »
I've often said that I would only give myself a 7 out of 10 and the fact that I'm a better driver than many of the people on the road scares the beejeebers out of me.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6493 on: January 08, 2013, 08:27:45 PM »
A recent survey determined that 97% of US drivers felt that they were "above average" drivers.  ::)   And why should who feels they are an "above average" driver lay out $$$$ for lessons for their kid?

Oh, please please do you have the source for that? Not that i doubt you; i definitely don't. Gish always says he is a better driver than most people on the road, and i always say Everyone thinks that. I would love to have actual numbers from a qualified source.

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No, I'm afraid not.  I think it was a news report I read several years ago, on a site that no longer exists.
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Re: The "This Might Be A Stupid Question, But...." Thread
« Reply #6494 on: January 09, 2013, 02:16:12 AM »
But how would you get the snake out of the bottle once you got it outside?

You just remove the tape and pop off the end.

Ah yes, sorry.  Brain blip.