: I have recently had a problem with mice
: in my house in the Laurel Highlands of
: PA. I set several mouse traps. Two of
: them were set in the utility room which
: houses the furnace. When I came back
: to check on these traps a couple of
: days later, there were patrial mice on
: them (mainly the head). I believe that
: something is eating the mice. I hope
: it isn't a racoon or some other large
: mammal, but rather a snake. The house
: is only a year old. Could it be a
: snake and if so, how can I tell?
Hi, and I don't think it is a snake, since snakes swallow their prey whole and cannot chew it, so, unless it were a large snake, I doubt it could leave a mouse part in the trap, but would rather get trapped itself. In your area most (if not all) of the snakes are in some nice warm (but not too warm) den, slumbering away the winter. I wouldn't suspect a Raccoon or anything big, but you might think about a Weasel, Mink, Shrew, or possibly (but unlikely) a Skunk.
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