Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Eastern Rat Snake Encounter

Chris and I have a pest company that is supposed to keep the house and pool house free from rodents and bugs.

We are terminating them.

Freed Eastern Rat Snake Leaving the Scene
They recently started using the most inhumane form of pest eradication ever invented--sticky or glue cards. They are terrible--the animals get stuck and starve to death.

Yesterday I walked into the pool house and was startled to see a 3 foot long Eastern Rat Snake trapped on one of the cards. Chris and I spent about 30 minutes freeing the snake from the card--the snake was not entirely helpful, was a bit freaked out and hissed at us a bit--but after a while it figured out we were helping and not hurting.
Eastern Rat Snake Climbing the Bush

It was terrible how the sticky or glue traps ensnare animals.

I did not take a picture of the snake on the card because my save the animal emotions kicked into gear, but I did take some of the recently freed snake slowly leaving the yard. 

I respect snakes, I don't particularly like them but this is a beneficial snake and did not deserve to die. I know I have friends who believe the only good snake is a dead snake, but I disagree. It the snake is not venomous, then it is serving a useful purpose keeping vermin away from the house.

I will not use these sticky cards or glue cards again! 

And I am happy the snake went away after it was freed. I am not sure why it climbed the bush, but it seemed to know what it was doing.

I am going to have to be more aware of the tree limbs above em now.

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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