When a family in Australia set up a birdbath in their yard, they anticipated attracting many feathered friends.
However, they were in for a surprise when they discovered an unexpected guest enjoying the bath—a massive carpet python that occupied the entire tub.
Initially taken aback, the family sought assistance from Stuart McKenzie of Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers 24/7, who reassured them that the situation was under control.
McKenzie explained that snakes often seek out water sources like birdbaths to cool down and alleviate the heat of the day, especially during the sloughing phase.
“We do often find snakes hanging around water like birdbaths and water features in people’s yards,” McKenzie shared. “To cool down and get out of the heat of the day. He may have been going through the [shedding skin] phase, and this would help with that.”
Rather than evicting the python, the family embraced their scaly visitor, appreciating its presence as it leisurely enjoyed a swim.
Eventually, the snake bid its hosts farewell, leaving behind memories of an unusual and memorable encounter.
“The family [was] happy to leave him there. “The snake eventually moved on.”
How To Keep Snakes Out Of The Birdbath
It’s important to consult local regulations and consider the impact on other wildlife when implementing preventive measures. Snakes are considered protected creatures by law in many states.
By taking these proactive steps, you can create a snake-free birdbath environment, ensuring a safe and enjoyable space for your feathered visitors.
1. Elevated Placement
Position the birdbath on a raised platform or pedestal, preferably at least three feet above the ground. This makes it more challenging for snakes to access the bath.
2. Smooth Surfaces
Choose a birdbath with smooth sides that offer no gripping points for snakes. Avoid baths with rough textures or crevices where snakes could hide or gain a foothold.
3. Perimeter Barrier
Create a physical barrier around the birdbath using materials snakes cannot easily cross. Examples include a metal mesh fence buried at least six inches underground or a skirt made of smooth, slippery material extending outward from the base of the bath.
4. Remove Hiding Places
Keep the immediate area around the birdbath clear of tall grass, brush piles, and other potential hiding spots. Regularly trim vegetation and maintain a clean, open space to discourage snakes from taking up residence nearby.
5. Vibrating Devices
Install vibrating devices designed to repel snakes near the birdbath. These devices emit unpleasant vibrations to snakes, deterring them from approaching the area.
By implementing effective prevention strategies, you can successfully keep snakes away from your birdbath while still providing a welcoming space for birds to enjoy bathing.