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The snake is probably not poisonous.
Even if it is poisonous, it probably won’t bite you.
Even if it bites you, you probably won’t die.
A poisonous snake will not harm you unless you eat it.

A venomous snake, on the other hand...

Maybe it's time for me to unsubscribe from this thread...
 
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Roscoe

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Google for a snake stick. I have several gopher snakes (all named Doug). They can stay on the other side of the wall. When Doug comes in, I grab him with the stick and throw him over the wall. He usually doesn't come back. Doug likes mice, which is good, but I don't want to swim with him.....
 

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Doesn’t appear poisonous to me. My wife’s cousin is our pest guy and when we have one in a hard to get to spot he says to spray the area or hole with vinegar and it will draw them out. They hate the scent. I had one near my house last summer, sprayed the area and within 15 min it was slithering out and away.
 

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My wife’s cousin is our pest guy and when we have one in a hard to get to spot he says to spray the area or hole with vinegar and it will draw them out.
My neighbor’s cousin’s friend’s uncle’s brother’s tax guy knows a guy on Facebook who sometimes reads about these things and he says that he will check into the possibility that the snake might be dangerous.

He recommends getting a mongoose or planting Carolina Reaper peppers.
 
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In the US, there are 4 venomous types of snakes; rattle snakes, cottonmouth (water moccasin), copperhead, and coral snakes. One distinctive characteristic they all share, except for the coral snake, is a very angular/triangle shaped head. For example, notice the head shape on this rattle snake
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Coral snakes don’t have a triangle head, but they do have a very distinctive color pattern
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The snake in the OP’s post, it definitely non-venomous. It might give you an unpleasant bite, but that’s it. 🙂
 

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OK, well after you sort through all of that and figure out which "solution" you want to try...

You can unscrew that grate and back it with a small piece of window screen (non-metal, like fiberglass) to close off that pathway. It might get clogged up some, so you might have to clean it once in a while, but that might be a fair trade for less snakes. They might still find another way in, but that'll be one less way.

A local window shop might have a scrap laying around they'll give you, especially in exchange for your snake story...
 

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Found my first snake in the skimmer this weekend. Juvenile garden variety garden snake. Poor little guy was just spinning and spinning in there, so I fished him out and let him sun on the deck for a bit. Kids were excited to see him, the little one of course wanted to keep it as a pet ;)
 

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I have hundreds of those little brown snakes in my yard and they like to get into my skimmer and just hang out in there. I just chase them out of the skimmer into the pool with a stick and then scoop them up in my skimmer net.
 

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Still gets under my skin how casually you guys are talking about "Brown Snakes".

What's known as "Brown Snake" in Australia is usually talked about with a lot of respect. According to Wikipedia considered the world's second most venomous land snake, responsible for 60% of snake-bite deaths in Australia. More venomous is only the Inland Taipan, also Australian.

When we see a snake, we assume it's dangerous, and call an expert.
 

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Still gets under my skin how casually you guys are talking about "Brown Snakes".

What's known as "Brown Snake" in Australia is usually talked about with a lot of respect. According to Wikipedia considered the world's second most venomous land snake, responsible for 60% of snake-bite deaths in Australia. More venomous is only the Inland Taipan, also Australian.

When we see a snake, we assume it's dangerous, and call an expert.

From my understanding just about everything in Australia is extremely venomous. I mean box jellyfish... no thanks! In North America the little brown snakes are completely harmless. In my area we just have to worry about cottonmouths (rare to see one) and copperheads (very common).
 

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