Love to have animals around? Perhaps you're being plagued by them? All your tips here...
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Draped across one of the straw bales in the greenhouse today was this - a freshly shed skin from a grass snake. It wasn't there yesterday, so it's very recent. I'm thinking now that I shall leave the bales in there over winter as there might be many a creature hibernating or sheltering in there.
So long as the over wintering ones are on the guest list though!
Westi wrote:So long as the over wintering ones are on the guest list though!
I'm delighted to offer them a home over the winter! They will have to clear off in the spring, but I've got enough greenhouse space to give them digs until then.
It seems that the skin is from a male grass snake; reading up on it, we've got an ideal habitat for them with overgrown grass and a large pond nearby, and then the heat of the greenhouse and the straw bales is perfect for their breeding habits, too. As long as the cats or the hedgehogs don't get them (or too many of them), they should do okay. It's very exciting.
I suppose he will keep the mice & rats (deffo uninvited) will stay away & if he is hibernating you will be able to do stuff in other areas. Will he total hibernate if it is warmish in there? Maybe chat to the local warden in your area for best conditions for him to over winter just in case? You could replicate what he suggests outside if it might not be cold enough inside? Then he has the option to move back in early spring to get a head start on the family chores.
Be careful, you never know what else will start. Then it was not enough to call an ambulance. I myself live in a private house and do not mind the animals that are sometimes on my site, but I still prefer to be careful.
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