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Snake on a Boat

OK, not quite sure where to post this but here it goes...

I have been traveling for the past three months and haven't been out to my boat. I keep the boat at a wet slip on Lake Travis outside of Austin, Texas. I went out to my boat this morning and the first thing I saw was a large snake skin leading from under the hatch cover into the space that it slides into. This was a big snake skin (snake was probably at least 2" in diameter). I climbed aboard (looking around cautiously). I opened the hatch cover and looked inside. There were three places where a snake had regurgitated the fish bones of a meal on the sole. But there was not a visible snake. The cabin did not have a smell of snake (yes they do have a smell) and it didn't smell like the snake had died in there. Needless to say I was a bit dismayed about going into the cabin as I was in shorts and flip flops.

I opened the port lazerette as it gives easy access to the engine and space under the cockpit. Much to my surprise, there was another snake skin! This one was at least 6 feet long. Again, no visible snake.

So, now to my question, does anyone know how to get a snake out of a boat?

I didn't have my camera with me but I am going back to the boat tomorrow and will take pictures.
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I have a stick with a loop at the end that can be tightened that I made.
Catching snake skins is easy.
or,
Wait till he leaves and move the boat. That'll fix em'.
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wow! not sure. you can always advertise to the RIF RAF that you have expensive electronics on board and let them have a look around
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Allanbc,

Two snake skins might mean two (or more) snakes. This from Snake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"An older snake may shed its skin only once or twice a year, but a younger, still-growing snake, may shed up to four times a year."
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Do you know what kind of snake it is??? If it is a common black water snake, that's not much of an issue...if it is a water moccasin, then you got a problem.

If you can seal up the openings he's using to get in the boat, that should help...but you need to find him and evict him—carefully.
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Maybe it's time to move up to a bigger boat, and time to sell. (g)
Wanna buy a boat with a crew?
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Allanbc,

Two snake skins might mean two (or more) snakes. This from Snake - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"An older snake may shed its skin only once or twice a year, but a younger, still-growing snake, may shed up to four times a year."
Two snakes is a possibility that I had thought of. It could be just lucky that one snake shed twice. That is possible because it has been very warm (makes snakes active) and there is evidence of multiple meals. I just hope I don't have baby snakes!
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Do you know what kind of snake it is??? If it is a common black water snake, that's not much of an issue...if it is a water moccasin, then you got a problem.

If you can seal up the openings he's using to get in the boat, that should help...but you need to find him and evict him—carefully.
Not sure what kind since I haven't seen it. We have many different types of water snakes here and, because of the size, I would suspect a diamondback water snake. They are pretty harmless but will bite if provoked. It could be a water moccasin but I think it would be unlikely. I asked at the marina office and they said they usually only see water snakes and not moccasins. But hey, you never know.

I'm probably going to call a friend who is a herpetologist and see if he will come hunting for a six pack!
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Snake B-Gone!

What you need is some snake B-gone, aka cat litter, that has had some cat urine on it. Or, if you really want to be sure there is no snake aboard or be rid of it if there is, borrow a Jack Russell and let it do what they do very well.

If the snake is six feet long, it is not likely a water moccassin, they seldom get so long and if they do they are very thick.

Can you take the skin to the local DNR or game warden type of folks for them to have a look. My guess is that they will know the type of snake just from seeing the skin and based on the territory you are describing.
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