How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask The Home Smithy Your Own Question
The Home Smithy
The Home Smithy , Home Builder
Category: Home Improvement
Satisfied Customers: 9619
Experience:  #1 Home Improvement Expert 30+ years experience
3079445
Type Your Home Improvement Question Here...
The Home Smithy is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I found a snake skin shed going into a hole in the mortar on

Resolved Question:

I found a snake skin shed going into a hole in the mortar on a brick house. There are concrete blocks behind the brick outside. I believe it is a chicken snake. My wife wants me to plug hole. Any suggestions.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 3 years ago.

Hi. Welcome to Just Answer.
It may just be that the snake used the hole to help shed his skin. If you want it is easy to make a trap for the snake. All you need is a wood frame (old produce box works) and some chicken wire. Tie the chicken wire to the box using some bailing wire and leave a hole big enough for the snake to get in but just barely. Place a chick in the box for bait and set the box near the hole. The snake will go into the box and eat the chick and wont be able to get out because of the bulge. You can then relocate the snake somewhere far away from your place.
If you want to plug the hole just get a cheap bag of post hole concrete (less than 3 bucks at Home Depot) and mix up enough to plug it up. It sets pretty fast less than 20 minuets).
Please let me know if you need anything else.
Best, Smitty

The Home Smithy and other Home Improvement Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

If I plug hole and snake is inside the house my wife will freak out. Shouldn't the block wall keep it from moving very far? Is there a way to see if it is still inside wall?

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 3 years ago.

The easiest way to determine if the snake is in there is to bait it with the food it likes the best. If it senses a live chick outside the hole it will come out after dark to get it. Chicken snakes are nocturnal. You will not see it during the day.
I understand your wife will freak out if it is inside the house, but the block wall should prevent that from happening. If you block its exit point it may go looking for another way out and it is then that it may end up inside the house.
Best solution is to live trap it. Then you can show the wife that it is definitely not in the house.

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 3 years ago.

Here is a little more on the snake.

An agile climber, gray rat snakes are at home from the ground to the tree tops in many types of hardwood forest and cypress stands, along tree-lined streams and fields, and even barns and sheds in close proximity to people. Within its range, almost any environment rich in rodents, and vertical escape options, proves a suitable habitat for the gray rat snake. As scent-hunters these powerful constrictors feed primarily on rodents, birds, and their eggs as adults, while neonates and juveniles prefer a diet of frogs and lizards. When startled, this species, like other rat snakes, stops and remains motionless with its body held in a series of wave-like kinks. The gray rat snake will defend itself by raising its head and bluffing a strike. If handled, these snakes will musk a victim by releasing the foul-smelling contents of their cloaca, and will bite if necessary. However, the gray rat snake is less likely to bite than other members of its species, and wounds from a bite rarely require more than a bandage. Breeding takes place from April to July. Females deposit 5 to 27 eggs around mid-summer, and the 10" to 12" (25-30 cm) hatchlings usually emerge in September.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Rat_Snake

If you have no more questions please be sure to select a rating. This is how I am compensated for answering your question. If no rating is selected the site keeps all of your deposit.

Thank you.

Expert:  The Home Smithy replied 3 years ago.
William, I see that you have not rated my service yet. Is there anything else I can help you with?