Snake dilemma - what would you do?

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  1. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Have a snake stuck in a bit of chicken wire. I believe it is a Western Whip Snake

    and not particularly dangerous although it is very angry.


    I have left it up the top of the garden hoping it will free itself by going backwards (can they do this?) as it just gets more jammed going forward. Unfortunately it seems to be getting nowhere although maybe once it has calmed down it might.

    Any ideas?
  2. Silver Fox

    Silver Fox Guru

    Looks like a two man job. One to hold the snake whilst the other cuts the wire, thick gloves recommended.
  3. Peter Armstrong

    Peter Armstrong Über Member

    Stand about and take pictures is probs the best thing to do
  4. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    Pin it's head down with a pronged stick first then what SF said!
    Failing that you'd have to kill it, which would be a shame.
  5. Scruffmonster

    Scruffmonster Über Member

    Turn the bin upright with the head end pointing down, snip the cable, snake in bin, tip it over, off you both go.
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  6. Peter Armstrong

    Peter Armstrong Über Member

    Why kill it? It would riggle free after the fatty lost a bit of weight from not eating for a week, the other snakes would get well gel of its new figure.
  7. Scruffmonster

    Scruffmonster Über Member


    Jesus christ, yeah, if you can't find a pronged stick, kill it. Those are definately the two options.

    When you turn to the internet for a solution as simple as this, you know you need to turn it off for a while.
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  8. snake scales are keeled, so it's not good for them to go backwards, even if they can.

    get some gloves.
    grab the snake behind the head.
    try to cut the wire, but if not, gently hold the body of the snake behind where it is trapped.
    gently ease the body through the gap
    you may have to push one side and then the other - snakes have very flexible bodies and can squash them down.

    it may have eaten, hence being stuck... in which caase it might regurgitate the food.

    you could try pouring water over the snake to get some lubrication.

    you could also try stroking it under the chin as this can calm them down, honest.

    snakey will calm after a few minutes of holding - hopefully. most do anyway.
  9. Scruffmonster

    Scruffmonster Über Member

    If the snake is still in that wire now, someone needs to take a long hard look at themselves.
  10. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Water? To lubricate a snake?

    Tsk! Everybody knows you need SNAKE OIL!
  11. OP

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Yes, that was my first plan, hence the bin, but it's not so easy snipping the wire when you have an aggressive snake thrashing around, even quite a small one.

    Have now freed it by getting it to put its head in a narrow cardboard tube which seemed to calm it long enough to carefully snip the wires. Once that was done it paused (to get its breath?) and was off:


    Snake handling gear:


    Thanks to Laurence, et al for the suggestions BTW. I did try a reptile forum but they were neither use nor ornament.
  12. Scruffmonster

    Scruffmonster Über Member


    I'm not sure the internet soldiers needed to be called into action, but good job.
  13. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Guru

    Excellent work - well done :smile:
  14. Sandra6

    Sandra6 Veteran

    You are a braver person than me. I wouldn't have gone back to take the picture!
    I once found a tiny corn snake in the garden and that scared me half to death. Mr6 took photos while I rang the RSPCA.
  15. dang, i should have mentioned toilet/kitchen roll tubes - snakes LOVE them.

    well done. hope you gave it a quick cuddle
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