This is a repeating mouse trap. A Catch-All mouse trap. Once a mousie goes into the trap, a "beater bar" triggers and it ratchets the beater bar forward and thus traps the mousie. However this is not really what I had intended to catch. This evidently very hungry Corn snake must have decided the desicated mousie inside the trap would be a good meal. Au contraire M. Snakerson. I don't know how long it had been in the trap, but I was very suprised (and pleased) that it was still alive. I thought it was too damaged to free (it's body was almost completely pinched flat), but got out gloves (no, they aren't poisonous but it was very crabby), screwdrivers and a needle-nosed pliers to see if I could deconstruct the trap and get him out. Amazingly enough? I did get the trap open and while this poor lovey kept trying to bite me (lol) it immediately slithered off to a better area on my place - the huge Bittersweet hedges in front of my house. What a lovely snake, don't you think?! It was about 2 foot long or so and very lovely... I hope it finds a better meal soon...
Gailann Schrader - Frugalista
I live on a Smallholding farm in NorthWest Indiana. I have American Guinea Hogs, an Arabian horse, a punk mule mare, a donkey, dairy goats, honeybees, dogs (one of which is a Livestock Guardian dog learning that cats aren't varmints), cats, guineas and chickens. I've owned geese, meat goats, cattle (on the home farm), sheep, llamas and rabbits. I'm as self-sufficient as possible and enjoy it!