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Do You Need A Snakeproof Tent?

There is no such thing as a snake proof tent, but we are going to show you some cool tips to make it very hard for snakes to ruin your camping trip and keep them away from you along with some interesting “tales” of how to snake proof tents and your camping area. Great tips, interesting stories and facts to make your trips to the outdoors much safer from the slithery little critters.

I don’t like snakes.  At all.  In fact, I can honestly say that I don’t know anybody who legitimately has any affection whatsoever for the slithery little devils.

Sleeping in the open and need a bug-proof, scorpion-proof, snake-proof tent? Check out this.

So, how do you avoid all snakes when you plan on sleeping in a tent in the wilderness or even just a well lit campground?  Well, unfortunately, there isn’t a truly “snakeproof” tent on the market… imagine the product liability insurance you would have to have to make THAT claim! I can imagine the lawsuit.

Snake-bit Man on Phone: You said it was “snakeproof”!

Customer Service: Well, it is… as long as you zip it up before you leave to go fishing…

I don’t foresee anyone advertising a tent as “snakeproof” anytime soon, but there are definitely things that you can do to reduce your risk of a snake ruining your expedition.

One pretty cool solution is a hammock tent.  If you don’t like sleeping on the ground, anyway, then this could be the right move for you.

How To Snakeproof Your Tent & Campsite

  • SECURE YOUR FOOD! Snakes go where their food is and if you have food in your tent, you’re attracting mice! Proper camp food storage is essential to keeping snakes away.
  • Before deciding on a campsite, look around for holes in the ground that snakes might like to crawl into, then put a stick down in them to prevent snakes from nesting there.
  • Keep your tent completely zipped up at all times.
  • Make sure your tent is in good repair and check for holes regularly.
  • Keep your pile of firewood away from your tents; snakes can hide in the pile easily at night.
  • Make sure any screen tent you purchase has a floor built into it.

What Probably Doesn’t Really Work

  • Putting a rope around your campsite or your tent
  • Commercial snake repellents
  • Use of moth balls or sulphur

Am I wrong about the rope thing?  And are there actually some good commercial snake repellents out there that work?  If you’ve ever used either of these and have experienced good results, please leave a comment below!