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Normally I love getting new visits but today I was just leaving the fish barn when suddenly I was startled by a guest. Actually I was a bit more than startled. A 3 foot long rat snake slithered through the door way as I was going out.

 

Perhaps I'm not as eco-friendly as I should be, but either him or me had to go!

Because I spent so much time building the place I felt it should be him. I tried to run him off but he wanted in. So after a few seconds of foot stomping, yelling and rock throwing it was apparent he was intent on staying. I eventually had to put the beast down sadly.

 

If Mother Nature hadn't decided I should have an opposing thumb I would not have been able to grab the bush axe, so blame her.

 

Is there a better way to keep snakes out of an area besides sulfur?  I covered the yard  with the stuff and still have snakes coming  around. I know the rat snake would not hurt me but it would cause me to hurt myself. I'm getting old and the heart can't take many scares like that.   

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Comment by TCLynx on May 18, 2011 at 9:14pm
I prefer the snakes to the rats.  I actually managed to get really happily excited a couple winters ago when I saw a huge rat snake because we were having a horrible rat problem during a long cold winter for here, they liked the protection of the greenhouse.
Comment by Chi Ma on May 16, 2011 at 9:29pm
Mothballs
Comment by Ryan Chatterson on May 16, 2011 at 7:15am
When you get rats eating old food in your barn you're gonna be sorry. Next time shew him out with a broom.

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