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charlesgremillion
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Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:56 pm
Location: Southaven MS
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Year 2 2021
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Following the advice of several members on this forum, I want to set up snake guards next spring. . I have three S & K tri- poles and cannot seem to find any guards online, and S & K does not sell any predator guards at all , I would appreciate any advice members have on this subject, especially photographs and plans . Still a novice with a lot to learn. Thanks in advance.
C.C.Martins
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Hi! A worthy cause, lost some eggs to a snake this year..
I can recommend two types for you. If you Google Kathy freeze snake guard on u tube she's got a great setup and its quick, inexpensive and effective. We caught three snakes with it. Another easy make is one that chuck Abare makes can be found by googling chuck abare, purple martins. On the left of his page he has home made snake guard plans. same thing easy to make, have 4 of them now. Neat thing about his is that it can open up by way of a hinge in the back and close secured by a latch. Reason I think it will work for you is chuck made his for a round pole...did that for our trio. I was also able to cut the center for a 2 inch square pole-fits like a glove. You could cut your center to fit your pole.
So id suggest a combination of them both; we plan on putting he Kathy freeze type lower down under the predator guard and the other above it.
I hope iv helped, I live in a normal neighborhood and found a small rat snake trying to climb up early in the am, our satellite site is in a preserve so has lots of snakes so please take no chances.
Hope this helps, there are other options but I like these.

One ps: they are referred to as snake guards but it will catch the snake. They try to climb through the netting and get tangled up. They have to be cut out, all 3 snakes we caught were not happy but released unharmed. Just have to replace the netting.
Ok, ok, one more ps: if you decide on chucks design you will find a big gap in your netting where the latch goes opposite of the hinge. Gaps are a problem. To fix that I stapled heavy gage wire to the underside so it extends out 7 inches past the gap or break in the guard. I can now weave the netting over the wire and bend or cross them when the guard is secured to the pole. Gaps in netting are now closed.

Tom
Tom
PMCA member, believer in nest checks, venting, SREH and pest/predator protection.
charlesgremillion
Posts: 15
Joined: Tue Aug 18, 2020 6:56 pm
Location: Southaven MS
Martin Colony History: Year 1 2020
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13 fledged

Year 2 2021
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Thanks, I really appreciate your advice
flyin-lowe
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Location: Indiana/Henry Co.

Ill have to look but S&K used to sell baffle guards for their poles. I am not sure how effective they are but in combination with some snake netting they get the job done.
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