Snakes in a dome!
Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:58 PM
Floor felt lumpy. Pulled it up and a sleepy garter snake looked back at me. Picked him up and tossed him out...and then found FIVE more sleeping between the rubber mats and the deck.
Any success or ideas on keeping them out? They must be getting in around the pier (I'm going to try to seal it better), or they're crawling in between the insect screen and the floor.
Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:31 PM
I am not sure what to do to protect against garters, they are small and slim. I think your idea of sealing off around the pier is a good first step. Is the outside perimeter around the POD (where it meets the deck) caulked\sealed in anyway?
Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:40 PM
Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:53 PM
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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:30 AM
Typically, their favorite prey is frogs, toads and mice. If your observatory is near water or an open field there may be a source of food that is attracting them. They are not venomous nor aggressive but could bite if handled.
Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:34 PM
Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:36 AM
It's not sealed. I may try to put quarter inch hardware mesh all around, buried a little into the ground.
Verified over the weekend that the varmints move out to hunt in the field during the day. Overcast so I didn't check at night.
According to most sources, snake repellant almost never works. Check out the Mythbusters episode on that one.
On the plus side, the number of crickets that used to get into my dome seems to have gone down!
--> f your observatory is near water or an open field there may be a source of food that is attracting them.
Oh yeah, it's snake heaven; two acres of wild meadow. I only mow about 5 feet around the dome deck. I don't consider them hazardous to *me*, I'm more worried about stepping on the poor guys!
Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:55 AM
I have a small roll off roof observatory and
I have garter snakes come in occasionally. I
welcome them they are harmless but they do scare off the mice.
the larger ones would probably kill the baby mice and
insects also. Once you realize they may be in the obs
you won't be startled as much.
Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:43 PM