April 28, 2015 by positivelypeachie
I don’t know if you have garter snakes where you live – but here in Canada they are a big thing. They’re completely harmless…they bite, but they aren’t toxic and they just eat pests. They’re actually a help because they keep the rodent population at bay….but I still hate them.
A couple weeks ago I discovered we had a nest (shiver) in our front yard under the old well tile. Yesterday, hubby discovered we had a second nest at the side of our property in a tree stump. I don’t know how to get rid of them. I don’t really want to kill them, but I do want them gone. I wouldn’t mind one or two to keep the rodent population down but I am not a fan of this mass of slivering horror in my yard. Ok, you can’t actually see them because they’re hiding but still, I imagine they’re a mass of slivering horror. I’ve been googling like crazy and have decided to just call an exterminator because I just don’t know how to get rid of them. The dogs are terrified of them, so they won’t even help get rid of them. What eats snakes? Crocodiles? I’ll get a crocodile if it will get rid of the damn snakes.
Last night Chops came inside around 10:30 pm after playing outside for a while. She came over to me to cuddle and then all of a sudden it hit me like a brick wall – stank from the pits of hell. Nothing I had ever smelled before but hubby walked in, took one whiff, and knew…
Are you ready for this?
Garter snakes have a smell. (What?? Been around them my whole life and NEVER knew this). Apparently they emit an oil on their skin when in danger that has a musky stank to ward of predators. Except dogs love musky stank, so she just continued to chow down and got the oil all over her face and chest. Then came inside and wanted to cuddle … gag.
We tried to wipe her off with wipes (tip of the day – the oil is a bright yellow) – but we just couldn’t get it all gone so there we were bathing a pathetic looking labradoodle way past all of our bedtimes. Afterwards she smelled much better but not completely fresh so we made her sleep in the living room (the cruelty). Thankfully this morning the smell was gone but now I don’t want to let her outside until the snakes are gone.
Anyone have a crocodile I can borrow?