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Snake question for Mark and others

by EdH / June 12, 2005 2:34 AM PDT

Apparently a garter snake has found its way into our basement/laundry area. I don't care that much but my wife is terrified of snakes. There's all kinds of stuff down here so he could escape and hide forever.

Are there snake traps? I'll probably be heading to the hardware store to see if I can find something. Until the snake is captured I don't think my wife will be able to do laundry ever again. All reasonable ideas welcome.


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I'll take a shot at this
by Steven Haninger / June 12, 2005 2:40 AM PDT

I've not encountered snakes in the house but garters are fairly docile. They will attempt to bite but have no venom. If you can isolate the critter and toss a large towel on it, you've got a good chance at being able to safely pick it up without injuring it. I'll be anxious to hear Marks advice.

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by Mark5019 / June 12, 2005 2:50 AM PDT

they will crap on you but what you will find in hardware store will be a sticky trap which will kill it.if u see it towel over its head will keep it calm they eat worms and slugs

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One other thought
by Steven Haninger / June 12, 2005 3:48 AM PDT

If your basement has a flood drain, block it first to prevent a frightened reptile from seeking shelter in the hole of death.:)

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The problemn right now is finding it
by EdH / June 12, 2005 3:55 AM PDT

Our basement is so cluttered it couod hide for a hundred years. But I'll keep the towel handy

Went to teh hd-ware store by the best idea they had was a hava-heart trap, like for mice, but I'm not sure that would work.

Someone told my wife that a box with a heating pad in it would get him as they seek heat. Does that make sense?


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by Mark5019 / June 12, 2005 4:20 AM PDT

thats a good idea aslong as thats the warmest place

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I'll try the heating pad.
by EdH / June 12, 2005 4:37 AM PDT
In reply to: yes

HAve to remember to turn off the dehumidifier as that's probably the warmest thing now.

Hope it works. I don't want to be doing laundry all summer. Actually I don't mind doing laundry except for the folding.

My next door neighbor once found a small snake in her laundry in the basket. Toasty warm!

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