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#1 Brian P

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 03:58 PM

Went out to my Pod last weekend. It's on a deck on ground, with insect screening installed on the underside of the deck, and rubber anti-fatigue matting on the inside on top of the deck boards.

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. :confused:

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.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 07:49 PM

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 07:56 PM

Install a mongoose.

#4 Raginar

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 08:29 PM

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:31 PM

:funny:

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?

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:40 PM

You could try to tempt them away from your dome with a big bowl of earthworms. That's what I used to feed mine when I kept snakes as pets. The garters would rear up and take the worms right out my fingers. Darnednest thing you ever saw.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:43 PM

Dan M,

Dude I agree. I have no idea what you can do :/

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 09:53 PM

Let the cat or a Terrier at them! Like mice they can get into pretty small spaces. Start closing off any holes and cracks.

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 10:19 PM

Get a bigger snake! Some snakes like King Snakes prey on other snakes! ;)

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Posted 18 July 2014 - 11:24 PM

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 01:17 AM

Thats pretty crazy. At least they were harmless snakes. I still would be startled in the dark to come across a snack on my observatory desk. I don't know if some closed cell foam could be squeezed between the pier and the decking. Should transfer much vibration.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 11:30 AM

I grew up in rural New England and often encountered garter snakes but never so many in one spot and only in buildings during the winter when they are trying to get out of the cold. We had two that would curl up on top of our furnace in the basement during the winter.

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.

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Posted 19 July 2014 - 12:34 PM

They have repellant for snakes. Best bet is to find out how they get in and fix it.

#14 Brian P

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:36 AM

--> 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?

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!

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Posted 21 July 2014 - 11:55 AM

Brian,
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.

Regards Norm

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 02:43 PM

I don't mind snakes, but then in my location there is only one venomous type, and it is both very rare and not very aggressive. There used to be a lot of garter snakes in my area, and they were harmless. I appreciated the fact that they controlled vermin.






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