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I use an ENO hammock when I camp and I have always wondering if a snake would want to slither into my hammock while I'm sleeping. Note that this hammock is open, as opposed to a Hennessy hammock, which is enclosed with a bug net.

Is this a reasonable concern? Do snakes want to climb trees and webbing straps to get into a warm hammock?

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    Hammocks are typically what you sleep in to avoid snakes. – ShemSeger Sep 17 '15 at 17:51
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    You may have a look on this – Phab Sep 18 '15 at 8:29
  • @Erik Texas, though I don't think Amazonian snakes behave differently from Alaskan snakes? Do you mean it depends on the weather? – Chris Mendez Oct 21 '15 at 21:29
  • @Erik Well that's terrifying. I know snakes like to crawl under tents because it's warm, so I was wondering if they try to climb the tree and hammock straps to get to a warm hammock. – Chris Mendez Oct 21 '15 at 21:42
  • i.imgur.com/C7zGLB8h.gif – Chris Mendez Feb 8 '16 at 15:52
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I couldn't find an authoritative reference to state that a snake wouldn't do that. The main climbing snake in Texas is the Rat Snake. While one of those could climb into your hammock to cuddle, I doubt they would. At the end of the day it is much easier for a snake to slither into a sleeping bag/tent/boot/etc. than a hammock. Those items are all on the ground, and therefore easily encounter-able. It would have to be a pretty smart and determined snake to slither along the ground, sense your body heat above them, climb the tree, slackline the hammock's webbing just to cuddle. Given that and what ShemSeger said in the comments:

Hammocks are typically what you sleep in to avoid snakes.

Overall I think you're safe in your hammock, but if your buddies see this post expect to have a rubber snake slipped into your hammock next camping trip.

  • And, remember, the beauty of the hammock is that the PATH they TAKE to GET to you is very indirect (up the tree, down the line, etc.) – Clay Nichols Jul 7 '16 at 21:29

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