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Jun 13, 2021 - 4:38:14 AM

LzChase

Sweden

198 posts since 10/30/2019

Here's a very unusual question. A friend of mine is thinking of getting a banjo, but he has a snake.

Snakes can pick up vibrations and some can stress them. Neither him or me know if playing banjo would be fine or if the snake would dislike it. I don't really expect a lot of snake owners to be on BHO but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Jun 13, 2021 - 4:44:43 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26075 posts since 8/3/2003

That one's easy: get rid of the snake!!!

Jun 13, 2021 - 4:54:09 AM
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Foote

USA

498 posts since 3/25/2009

I once jammed with a friend at her house. She had a older dog who had been deaf for several years. As soon as I played the banjo, his head came up, eyes opened wide, and he left the room. So I suggest borrow a banjo and see how the snake responds.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:25:02 AM

1420 posts since 5/19/2018

I would think it would affect different animals in different ways.

I had one cat that when I played the banjo, would jump on my lap and sit between me and the banjo and purr her brains out. The cat I have now gets up and flat out leaves the house the second I hit my first note.

I can’t speak for how a banjo would affect reptiles, I can attest that reptiles do pick up and react to certain loud sounds. The best way to find out is to be keenly observant of the snake when you play.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:28:16 AM

LukeL

USA

79 posts since 9/14/2017

I know George Gruhn has a huge collection of snakes in his office right next to his second floor showroom. When I played the banjo up there I didn’t get any mad snakes… ????

Jun 13, 2021 - 6:36:35 AM

jacot23

USA

197 posts since 12/13/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Alvin Conder

I would think it would affect different animals in different ways.

I had one cat that when I played the banjo, would jump on my lap and sit between me and the banjo and purr her brains out. The cat I have now gets up and flat out leaves the house the second I hit my first note.

I can’t speak for how a banjo would affect reptiles, I can attest that reptiles do pick up and react to certain loud sounds. The best way to find out is to be keenly observant of the snake when you play.


 

Yep, animals are funny. I have two cats right now. One will run away at the site a banjo, the other will run to me. The odd part about it is the one that runs away isn't scared of anything and the one that sticks around is scared of her own shadow and runs away from everything else.

 

 

I'm with Sherry, get rid of the dang snake!

Jun 13, 2021 - 6:48:12 AM
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RioStat

USA

5516 posts since 10/12/2009

Does the guy with the snake watch television, listen to music, run a dishwasher, or washer & dryer?

All of these produce a vibration frequency that a snake would be more sensitive to than what a banjo would, in my opinion.

Edited by - RioStat on 06/13/2021 06:50:37

Jun 13, 2021 - 8:40:17 AM
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3843 posts since 5/29/2011

quote:
Originally posted by LukeL

I know George Gruhn has a huge collection of snakes in his office right next to his second floor showroom. When I played the banjo up there I didn’t get any mad snakes… ????


Well, I guess I won't ever be going back to Gruhn's.

Jun 13, 2021 - 8:43:05 AM
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8723 posts since 8/28/2013

It might depend on the snake. A rattler might react differntly than a cobra. It also might depend on the banjo. A snake may prefer an archtop over a flathead, or vice-versa.

I heard somewhere that one type of snake reacts mostly to female banjo players.

Jun 13, 2021 - 8:48:19 AM
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2151 posts since 1/21/2003

How about playing some banjo music for the reptile in question. Might I suggest Snakes Alive by the Dreadful Snakes. Should elicit some reaction either way. wink

Jun 13, 2021 - 9:07:57 AM
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57704 posts since 12/14/2005

I have forwarded a link for this topic to the only banjo-picking herpetologist I know.

Jun 13, 2021 - 9:13:02 AM
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57704 posts since 12/14/2005

 

"Banjo music makes MY pretty little asp want to get up and  DANCE!"

Edited by - mike gregory on 06/13/2021 09:14:01

Jun 13, 2021 - 10:21:25 AM
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corcoran

Canada

437 posts since 8/3/2004
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quote:
Originally posted by LukeL

I know George Gruhn has a huge collection of snakes in his office right next to his second floor showroom. When I played the banjo up there I didn’t get any mad snakes… ????


Back in the 1960s, George Gruhn would show up at bluegrass festivals with a car full of vintage instruments and also a lot of snakes. I don't know how vintage the snakes were, but some of them were venomous, as I recall. He never had any problem with somebody trying break into the car in order to steal the instruments. His undergraduate training at the University of Chicago was in herpetology.

Jun 13, 2021 - 11:18:16 AM
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2659 posts since 3/30/2008

I believe snakes feel vibrations in the ground through their body, & not vibrations traveling through the air. So they probably wouldn't notice your banjo pickin', unless you were stomping your foot.

Jun 13, 2021 - 12:11:03 PM
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1453 posts since 11/29/2006

quote:
Originally posted by mike gregory

I have forwarded a link for this topic to the only banjo-picking herpetologist I know.


As reptiles are cold blooded as are banjo players, if you tell them they are cool they just lay there

Jun 13, 2021 - 12:30:48 PM

57704 posts since 12/14/2005

THAT'S  ^^ the guy I'm talking about!

Jun 13, 2021 - 2:36:32 PM
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4145 posts since 10/13/2005

I know Bluegrass banjos are designed to peel the bark off a tree at 40 paces. Will it do the same for a snake? help them shed their skin? Inquiring minds want to know! banjered

Jun 13, 2021 - 4:32:25 PM

126 posts since 10/26/2018

@tdennis is correct. Snakes don't hear sound as it travels through the air, so unless that banjo is on the floor or touching the snake's domicile while being played, it won't really notice.

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:18:15 PM

cevant

USA

171 posts since 2/5/2020

So it was a banjo player that brought all these snakes on the plane?

youtu.be/P60p580P6wE

Jun 13, 2021 - 5:49:39 PM

2517 posts since 10/17/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Alvin Conder

I would think it would affect different animals in different ways.

I had one cat that when I played the banjo, would jump on my lap and sit between me and the banjo and purr her brains out. The cat I have now gets up and flat out leaves the house the second I hit my first note.

I can’t speak for how a banjo would affect reptiles, I can attest that reptiles do pick up and react to certain loud sounds. The best way to find out is to be keenly observant of the snake when you play.


That’s hilarious!

Jun 14, 2021 - 6:50:19 AM

6807 posts since 9/5/2006

you are not talking about DREADFUL SNAKES are you?

Jun 14, 2021 - 9:28:15 AM
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LzChase

Sweden

198 posts since 10/30/2019

Damn if this thread didn't blow up-

Jun 14, 2021 - 1:43:07 PM

2729 posts since 4/16/2003

Tell your friend to find a rattlesnake rattle and put it inside the resonator of the banjo.

It will add some special vibrational qualities to the instrument's tone, and his live snake will feel right at home...!

Jun 14, 2021 - 5:34:45 PM
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167 posts since 3/2/2013

Most lawyers and politicians i don't believe actually enjoy banjo music, but i could be wrong

Jul 1, 2021 - 1:32:46 PM

11026 posts since 6/17/2003

It's easy, play with a raptor on your shoulder.

Jul 1, 2021 - 1:40:46 PM

Ybanjo

USA

689 posts since 11/15/2009

Our cat absolutely loves the banjo. When I get it out practice, he comes under my feet. If I play faster tunes, he gets all sorts of excited and starts playing with my feet (claws!).
Never tried playing around snakes though, that I know of!

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