Snake in lawn mower

duscarterApril 21, 2009

I have a thread going in the lawn mower forum that I hope someone in the area can shed light on. After mowing the grass today, I found a snake on top of the deck, wrapped up in the belt system. There are pics in the other thread.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Unfortunately you have to cut the snake free. It's a gross and ugly job. Alternatives are to park the mower on top of an ant hill (the large red harvester ants will work, or fire ants). It will take them most of week to clean it up. Or just park it in the woods somewhere where wild animals can nibble away at the carcass and solve your problem. Letting it rot away under water will work quicker but will ruin the mower. Leaving it alone, untouched just gives you a mummified snake which can be even harder to dig out of the belts.

    Bookmark   April 22, 2009 at 1:56PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

LOL. I put on some gloves and pulled it out (in several pieces). There wasn't that much blood.

He must have dripped dry while I was mowing :)

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 10:13AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I think I'll be checking my mower every time I use it carefully from now on!! That gives me the creeps!!

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 11:15AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
jimtnc(7b Raleigh tttf)

Yeah, no kidding. I just mowed yesterday, but didn't check the rider, and I get snakes from hell around here. Gotta look where you walk every step. Drives me nuts!! I'm putting out covered sulphur trays to discourge them this year.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 6:48AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

One day (maybe last year) our water feature/waterfall pump stopped working. I happened to have my landscaper on the phone to "walk us through" checking out the pump. When I saw the black snake hanging out, I told him "we don't need a landscaper, we need a veterinarian." Alas, it was too late for the poor snake. The landscaper has had a lot of fun telling that story to everyone who gets a water feature! :-) The pump worked just fine after my husband removed the dead snake.


    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 10:52PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
School flower project....mulch over clay?
My daughter has been looking forward to sowing seeds...
Carolinaflowerlover NC Zone 7b
Looking for orange lily
About 7 years ago I bought an orange lily from a horticulturist...
Callistemon citrinus
Are you supposed to prune this to the ground in early...
Dwarf Tomatoes - Anyone Growing Them?
I recently acquired a copy of the excellent new book...
Ralph Whisnant
What's this cold doing to my Gardenias
I planted 2 Frost Proof Gardenia's last September....
Gigi z 7B, SC, USA
Sponsored Products
Hadley Planter
Grandin Road
Carlisle Dishwashing Machines and Accessories 19.75x19.75 in. 36-Compartment 3
Home Depot
Dura-Trel Wellington 6.25-ft. Vinyl Wall Trellis - White - 11173
$79.98 | Hayneedle
Croquet Club Rectangular Outdoor Dining Table, Patio Furniture
Requisite Gray White Snake Shade Wexler Table Lamp
Lamps Plus
Urban Garden Plant Sack by Authentics
$77.70 | Lumens
Vessel LED Indoor/Outdoor Lamp by Smart & Green
$209.00 | Lumens
40" Oversized Oval Hammered Copper Planter - Antique Copper
Signature Hardware
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™