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Posted: 11/25/19 07:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Horsedoc wrote:

Small pellets (#8 size) of lead traveling at 900fps has worked for me for years

This ^^^^^^^^^ is MY solution, but I prefer #4 size.


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A real scientific test would require time, money, snakes and bait. You would put the snakes in a large enclosure and place baits in two equally accessible areas one of which was defended by your snake repellent. You would then observe over time whether the snakes avoided the defended baits. For it to be a true test, you would need to test it with various types of snakes, since they all don't hunt and probably don't get repelled the same way. Then you would have to test the durability of the product over time and weather. Then you would have to be sure all it does it repel snakes and not poison pets or children or attract something equally as nasty like scorpions.
I hate snakes. For me the best defense is keep everything around buildings and the like clean and clear. If you keep away things that attract snakes (rodents, birds eggs, shelter etc.) the snakes will stay away on their own.

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I’m subbed just to hear the results!
My suggestion would be find a den of baby rattlers, lay down in front of it, spray your snake oil stuff around yourself and then poke the den real good with a stick.
If you continue posting on this forum the following day, you can consider your test of the repellent to be successful!


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Hopefully the study will find something effective but safe.


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Crowe wrote:

And why is this posted in an RV forum?

Multiple reasons I would guess but I would say the #1 would be because this group spends a lot of time outdoors and may run into snakes more frequently than other groups.


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I, for one, find this topic interesting. Snakes aren't a problem here as a general rule and I had a lovely conversation with a pretty black and yellow garter snake when I was out watering plants in the fall. Just for spits and giggles I did a search on snake repellent and apparently some do have some level of success: https://www.peststrategies.com/reviews/snake-products/best-snake-repellents

and this: https://www.fieldecology.com/blog/snakes-away Note this includes NOT shooting them.

or this: https://stoppestinfo.com/163-how-to-repe........tural-and-chemical-snake-repellents.html article is long but there is info at the end.

Not sure if this will help you or not but it might at least help in developing hypotheses or test conditions. I would also suggest you ignore the snarkiness you will see on here. Some people just can't help themselves.


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Bobbo wrote:

Horsedoc wrote:

Small pellets (#8 size) of lead traveling at 900fps has worked for me for years

This ^^^^^^^^^ is MY solution, but I prefer #4 size.


X2... Do not need to be as close as #8 dictates . .

* This post was edited 11/25/19 11:51am by ford truck guy *


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357 and snake shot work well


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Why are so many people so afraid of snakes? They do way more good than harm! I bet most people don’t even know of anyone that has been biting by one.


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cougar28 wrote:

Why are so many people so afraid of snakes? They do way more good than harm! I bet most people don’t even know of anyone that has been biting by one.

I am not afraid of snakes, but when a 32" long copperhead (I measured his length AFTERWARD) was heading for my wife's VERY thickly planted flowerbeds, I said no, no, no.

He, however, did not go to waste. We had a Cooper's Hawk nesting in the yard. I threw the deceased out into the yard near the nest. The hawk ate on that snake for 2 days. We watched through the picture window of our house.

And, for whatever it's worth, one of my wife's friends was bitten by a copperhead in one of HER flowerbeds.

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