Is it a rat snake? If he had been a small child I doubt “non-poisonous’ would provide much relief either. I don’t know what kind of snake it was but it was obvious that it was producing this odor in response to stress and maybe to ward of attackers. Facts About Black Snakes Diet:Mostly eat rodents, lizards, birds and bird eggs. Black rat snakes, however, aren’t known for snake killing. But I do know that it’s a good idea to clean out nesting boxes after each brood leaves the nest, and then disinfect it with a 10% bleach solution. What if it gets in my washing machine or toilet? Older and larger black rat snakes will eat larger rodents, as well as consume other kinds of mammals. I don’t think my heart can take it. Thank you for this information it was very helpful. Kill all venomous snakes you want but there’s a special place in hell for those who kill black snakes. I got rid of it, BUT hopefully there are no more. Small snakes can enter openings as small as 1/4 inch, so they absolutely could come in around a drain hose! It was about 8 to 10 inches long. i heard if u kill a black snake bad luck will come to you. The snakes were coming in after the mice! The Eastern rat snake, like the Eastern racer, is a constrictor. Refrigerate the meat as soon as possible. It was silver on the tummy. Omg I screamed and again Hunny walked out and it took off. what is the story on young black snakes color? OK, people, time for a little logic. Husband and dog cornered a big(4ft) black snake . TH community members helping other TH community members — we love it. Their babies have colored markings that are easily mistaken for copperhead markings; but as they grow, those markings fade to black. James- don’t be afraid of black snakes! Where we live there a giant snake in our backyard. I was told it was at least 5ft. But yesterday I saw it in my backyard, slivering very quickly along side my house and down the bank. So anyways I’m keeping the little guy for now, monitoring his health. First snakes of the Spring! I would avoid poison, especially if you have a dog or cat. I took the yard hard broom and sweep it away with the intention to kill it. I saw this long black snake. Is it possible its living in my Deck Box? Good for the snake. Let it go and move on with your other first world problems. I doubt that I can afford a professional to come out, find and remove it. Please follow the law. “Black Rat Snakes are a very common snake in Ohio,” says Amanda Dalton a Naturalist at Hueston Woods State Park. This is an established neighborhood full of houses but with some typical Florida jungle on the edges. He or she doesn’t seem too skittish; moving around when I’m within 7 or 8 feet. Habitat:Live in grasses, forests, marshes and buildings. [Doug Metzger says: Found black snake in bluebird box. I’ve had small garter snakes before BUT…last week was doing yard work and had a BIG black snake (5-6 ft. long and bigger around than a golf ball). A for the type of rodents they will eat as a baby snake it is normally pinkie mice which are baby mice that are hairless and small in size. He left. My favorite are the black snakes. I know these snakes bite and I know therefore to respect their space. Do snakes leave poop sort of like a rat but 2 colored? The only good snake is a dead snake. He was slow moving and froze when I was checking it out. I was trimming the evergreen ground cover and was in the bed at least an hour, when my husband came out to help and looked up on the palm tree and a branch at almost eye level had a curled up black snake on it. ? If he or she stays away from me I will do the same with no problem what so ever. I would put out some mouse/rat traps around that area (press and set are the best traps we’ve used). What are the chances there are more? I think it was feeding on chipmunks that had a nest nearby.. It is important that all people realize and teach their children emotional intelligence “Fear is the absence of knowledge therefore educate yourself about reptiles. I mean i almost got bitten and we have kids in the house it would have been a different a case If it was my kid brother who’s only 8 years old. Obviously there are where they are for a reason so I respect that I provide them a food source and they provide me rodent control. Kingsnakes squeeze their prey to death, are immune to rattlesnake venom and are so named for their astonishing ability to overpower and eat snakes that are much larger than they are. It was a beautiful color. The cat likes to hid under our shed which is where some black snakes like to hang out. Gary, thanks for your feedback about needing more specific information on how to deal with a black snake. There are woods behind us as well. My husband was able to grab both with barbecue tongs and release them into woods. I no longer use glue traps. I live in an rv park in south Florida with a creek running along the back of my camp site. I gently picked it up about half way back and dropped it in a laundry mesh bag. I don’t allow the snakes in my house, garage or under my porch, but barn and yard are ok. Once they like a place, death is the only answer I have found. I started calling around, only been in Florida 10 months. My mother is 91yrs. Also would like to know why Snake Away says: do not use if snakes have already been seen in an area? My daughter saw a 4 foot black snake in our yard and I simply scooped it up with a snow shovel and moved it to my fire wood stack far away from our house. I believe I was the first human he’d ever seen and he wasn’t afraid. I just think they made my house a home. suggestion? Three came on my carport today and I almost had a heart attack. I went back inside and left him there and he slipped out under the rubber trashcan. I’m not as scared anymore. #2 thoroughly inspect the foundation around your house. The part I saw was black and somewhat thin. Reading all these comments about killing black snakes makes me sick. I hope that they hooked up! You may find some helpful information here: https://todayshomeowner.com/how-to-avoid-snakes-in-your-yard-and-garden/. Please instill in your children a respect for wildlife so that they will neither fear nor harass any animal. I walked all around it and it never moved until I tried to pull it from under the flowers with the shovel. I’d start there, and add a sturdy predator baffle, and see if you have better luck with the next brood. If you want to try to keep snakes away from your HOME there are granules which you can purchase at your local Feed store or for that matter, WalMart, etc. Hey Sue, That was strange to me. And we haven’t seen sign of active mice in over six years. Over the years, I have taught myself not to be afraid of black snakes. Told husband that I wanted the garage cleaned out immediately so that I can see the floor. It is important to note that they need to eat prey that is appropriate to their smaller size. Coming from Florida I was not surprised to see a VERY large black snake. Is it possible they could come through the drain hose in the pan( for overflow)? Of course, both methods are NOT rainproof, so, you will have to bear that in mind. Do you think the moles could be why? I’d heard black snakes are good to have around, so as long as it doesn’t startle me (I saw it first this time! That includes cracks around plumbing! Leaving the back claws in place allows them to climb and scratch to defend themselves. A few days before I found the babies, I heard what I thought was amice running along the top of my wall and drop the floor in my hall. Some people think these reptiles breed with copperheads to create a venomous black snake. My wife was all set to trim them, but now that job is falling to me. They feed on a variety of large insects, lizards, birds and rodents. I get black snakes in my garage, crawl space and attic all the time. I use to see literally hundreds of snakes throughout the spring/summer on my 30 acres but since I got the barnies I have seen none around the house at all. About 15 minutes later another black rat snake, slightly smaller entered the porch at the other end from where the first snake exited. I have puppy, is it dangerous? Get a grip! The eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) is a large, black, non-venomous snake found in the southeastern United States. I called for help and my neighbors can. One five footer in the attic came over to see what I was doing. In a nutshell, here’s what you should know about each type: Having a black snake won’t guarantee that there are no other snakes around. I do know if it had been in my garage long or just happened to go in today as I accidentally left it open (approx. The title says “Dealing With Black Snakes…etc” yet the author does not mention ANY methods at all TO deal with them. My mom called me downstairs was telling me she saw a little black snake in her bedroom. Living on a mountain side, the original owners of the home piled rocks on top of the ties which only adds to the issue. I live in southeastern Indiana. I turned the hose on and got him to move, but not very far. I saw a black snake in my house. I assume it came in through the basement door and climbed the carpeted stairs and into the hallway because my husband sometimes leaves the door open. We are only here for a short time and these animals are under threat due to man; deforestation, roads, and human ignorance. I didn’t see it happen, or notice even my dog reacting to it. I lnow it is probably hunting the group of Bofu frogs that hang out catching insects under my spotlight. Discovered 3 snake skins under the laundry crawl space this Fall when I started to winterize the home. First I provoked it with a stick to see if it had fangs and it didn’t. You all need to get a grip! I live in Southeast Nebraska and for the first time was going out to my vehicle that is parked underneath the canopy where my vehicle is parked and I live in a very rural Countryside Village little town and as I’m getting into my vehicle I look on the side of my shead and on the woeod is a 3 1/2- 4 foot black rat snake in a curved position sitting still so I took a pic and that was it i left the Creator alone did not want to startle it but as I read more upon it I think I’m just going to let him be especially if he can keep the barn swallows and rodent mice away! Rodent Control. I’m paranoid now about it. Their favorite foods are small mammals such as mice, rats and other small rodents. We have had a cabin outside of Boone, NC for 9 years. I can’t have it eating the eggs hurting my chickens or startling them. Let them live and help keep the real pests, mice, out. The following day when I righted the trash can he was gone but the odor was overpowering. She came up to me and climbed onto my left arm. You put it around the perimeter of your yard, and supposedly snakes will not want to cross it. At least, that's what my high school friend said the time we went backpacking and he chopped a garter snake in half with a machete. The first was on top and the second 2 weeks later on the metal pan beneath the water heater. This is a large pot with lots of flowers. Any ideas on how to find it around the property? Have you seen any more since covering the opening? Now, we have a greyish Southern Black Racer about 40 inches long living on and under a concrete slab that used to house a chicken pen. We are helping to raise a 5 yr old and I don’t want her bit. You also need to keep a handle on your frog population. Their home is on about 7 acres of land and they have chickens and ducks and such, So back to the barking, my brothers gets up and goes out to living room to find a 5 foot give or take a foot very healthy BLACK SNAKE laying across his floor. You all are truly sad. p.s. It went directly from one end of the porch to the other and exited into the lilies exactly as the first snake had done. The craziest thing I’ve ever seen!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the Today’s Homeowner community! They seem immune to the toxic skin secretions of toads and can eat them without harm. Yikes, hope the bluebirds were done nesting for the season. It was curled up like it was fixing to strike our dog. long by it’s skin shedding. The last time I caught them doing that both dogs had it pinned against the sliding glass door so I went out, called them, and that one got away. Keep an eye out for them. We have found black rat snake skins in the basement and in the attic. I’m so sorry a snake got your bluebirds! She woke me up and I got up and yelled for her father as we live with her mom and dad. Unlike many species of snakes, coachwhips are diurnal, or awake during the day. I’m horrified at the thought that the bite could’ve been on his torso, where more damage could’ve been done internally. How shall we get rid of it. He has broken ribs, noticeably bad. What’s a tralor? This evening, while walking my dog, I saw a black snake stretched out, hanging upside down on a tree. That scared the hell out of me i screamed so hard that my dad heard me from the basement and rushed up. Any helpful advise? Red-bellied black snakes may hunt on or under the water surface, and prey can be eaten underwater or brought to the surface. I literally had to run to get in side because it was headed my direction. I was outside last weekend working and one was flying (not literally) toward me because a cat was chasing it out of the wooded area in my back yard. Does this type of snake take on cats? My dogs have tangled with them in the past and one time killed one. Small mammals and large insects are the most common prey of foxes. Had a few black snakes quite a few years ago, but this is the first big one in a while. Carmen: I have never heard of a snake hibernating in a hose! I was told its mating season. I never see one without the other. we still are not sure how it got in but our best guess is down the chimney, is this possible? Will it come back to my yard? They also like to chow down on worms, frogs, salamanders, fish and tadpoles, hiding under boards, vegetation, in stone walls, under logs or among rocks in meadows, woodlands, marshes and along hills. So rat poison stay down since I don’t have any pets at this time. for them or they will have difficult swallowing it. Snakes are beautiful creatures if neither of you is afraid of the other. We couldn’t figure out a way to transport it out safely without getting bitten so we had to kill it. watched them run down the driveway to the front porch door, where they stopped sundently & started sreaming & crying ” A snakes” ! I smelled nothing. he hates them! Pennsylvania . We live in Huntersville North Carolina. Ask yourself what/how a faithful steward behaves? My daughter was in the bathroom today and much to our surprise there was a black snake…BIG BLACK SNAKE….crawling up the outside wall….he was on the window at the bathroom….about the size of a half dollar and at least 5 foot long….We where so scared….Hope he will not hurt any of us but wanted to leave him alone…I had no idea a snake could climb a wall…. And if there is one baby snake in basement is there usually more.. I decided to take pictures and make a movie of his movements. HELP! Seems like we have more mice …and more snakes this year. could it be the snake? It could have gone to the attic or still in the basement. We have an old, brick farmhouse in the middle of 85 acres in Kentucky. In the meantime, you can look forward to fewer mice. Black Rat snakes are the most common snake you may see in your yards at home. Their diet depends on the species. Snakes can get though any opening, no matter how small. Threes ago i kill a snake which had silver in coloring, my brother say it was a rat snake. My daughter found a baby black rat snake today. Respect the wildlife and you’ll find them to be fun and exciting to watch. Then she rested. Now my wife is not happy with the situation. When I came home there was a black snake in front of my garage. I see dozens and dozens of them all spring/summer/fall. He’s been doing well for a couple of months. What will happen if a black racer bites your cat? My uncle took them out and got rid of them. It should have water because the pipe near the washer leaks a little but should I put any other food in the crawl space and then how do I get it out come Spring or will it just leave on it’s own when I open the holes up ? If you’ve been scratched by a cat, it actually feels 10x worse. Foxes tend to search for food in areas where forests and fields meet. I remove widows to the outdoors if I find them, or keep them during the winter and release them when it’s finally warm (wouldn’t want them to freeze), and leave the more harmless types to wander as guests in my home. We live in the suburbs of W-S. We saw a black snake Sunday the 14th in the grass up the road. Snakes love frogs! Ever since we have lived here (15 yrs) in Lee’s Hill, Sposylvania Co., VA, I have smelled a foul odor in the warm months when I work or even walk by the flower bed in front of our deck and even walking on the deck. When I’m elsewhere and there’s a unwanted black snake I take it and release on my land from which the go away from lack of food. Cats and dogs can help with this job as well. I panicked not knowing what they were and our neighbor came and took them away. I understand about the bit however I still do not want them at my house. There is a chance you might bleed a little bit, but like any minor injury, just washing it with antibacterial soap will clear it right up. @rick – possibly a cottonmouth aka black moccasin. Do they find a home they like and stay there? I’ve been dealing with black snakes for years. RE: Snakes in the house – we had a small hole in our foundation where the wires come in from the AC compressors. I have several black snakes that have been around for years as well as a rather large King snake. He wiped the blade in the grass while the tiny, non-venomous, non-constricting snake writhed--the last twitches of a non-threat neutralized. I have no idea where it is now, but don’t feel very comfortable about the prospect of sleeping with it in the house. Dont kill snakes! What was strange it look as if it was secreting venom. But if I know where they are (for instance, the one in my mulch pile), I just give them space, say hello, and we just go about our business. I walk barefoot; have a pool and lots of flowers- just creepy and agree dont want to be bitten by one. I’ve been here a little over a year and have only seen a snake skin and now this snake. Yesterday I was working in the basement making a path for a new dryer to be delivered through the bilco door. But the snake was gone. OK on July 4th I had a black snake about 5-6ft long on my front porch.. Today august 31st I was in my basement tanning and when I went to go up the steps there was a little black snake about 5-6 inches long.. I’m scared to death of snakes and always have been. sure would appreciate some help. I actual felt sorry while i was killing thinking it may be a black but color hasnt come out yet. Thank you for your comment! These guys are usually nice, but this little dude is feisty with a fiery temper. The front door of the garage was locked, so I opened the rear garage door and found a small black/dark brown 25cm snake in front of the door. That’s not true. In fact, they sometimes will hibernate with other species of snakes, including copperheads and rattlesnakes. my hisband found a black snake on our porch deck and killed it out of fear. I tried to kill it, but it was too fast and ran into the woods behind my house. Sue – I agree with you 100%. I didn’t see it guess I’ll have some kind of bad luck now. Can anyone tell us how to deal with it? It’s the 21st century, educate yourself to the world around you. Had a heart attack! My son and husband are freaked out by them. Birds eaten. He/she was docile and not aggressive at all. As I go to the door I see it slithers Away fast. The belly was silver with yellow spots near the head underneath. If you get rid of the snake’s food source (mice, etc) it won’t need to come back. . Over 80% are males between 18-35 years old. My horses have been kicking the stalls at night so I figured it was scaring them. I had finished working in the back yard curling up a hose when a black snake went streaking my me at the foundation of the house. Do black snakes hoard dry dog food? We live in a trailer park and I know snakes can be common in places like this. Do I need to be worried with the snake hurting our cat since it is declawed? I like the lizards around the house but there are hundreds of the little guys. You might want to reconsider allowing her to go outside. “Other [snakes] have evolved to a generalist diet,” Wines said. It is confusing because in cleaning out the closet and boxes in that room….they were full of hoarded dog food. I live in Florida and just saw a black snake with yellow stripes on the sides. 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