good morning everyone i wasnt really sure where to put this question so i stuck it here. i have a few issues that i need to address and fix ASAP. a few days ago i was out in my yard doing some gardening. i grow many vegetables in both my front and back yard. the chicken coop/run is located in the back yard. as i was rounding the corner to enter the back i almost stepped on a 4 foot long rat snake! this snake was just leaving my pen!!!! i had just missed stepping on it by a few inches... i almost had a stroke i swear to you all. it scared the bejesus out of me and i screamed bloody murder! it slithered off into my garden against the back fence. the whole time im screaming my neighbor behind me is outside and can hear me. he grabs his rifle and we start searching for it to kill it. he told me they are normally harmless but since it was large and i do have a VERY TINY bantam it could have easily eaten her eventually he spotted it and shot it dead. thank god. i would have been a nervous wreck if it left to roam the area. here is my problem: what can i do to try and "snake proof" my yard to protect my chickens? i live on the space coast of florida, kinda near a ton of woodlands. i do not own a lot of land but what i do own i want to protect from these things. god forbid something happens to one of my chickens it will break my heart. now i have a hunch some might live under my house. i have one of those manufacture homes/doublewides. whatever you call them. so the underside is exposed if you take the skirting off. the skirting is really old and crappy anyways. i build their coop/run up against the house. i made sure there was solid wall on the house side so none of the skirting or house was exposed to my chickens. i used 2x4 for the base/beams and all that. this is where i am running into my second problem my 7 week old babies are starting to dig up the corners! any snake could get in if they wanted to i am assuming. my little buggers are digging all day long and sometimes i will catch them and they run off pretending they arent doing anything wrong. i will see 2 chickens used as a lookout to see if i am coming. i swear my chickens are that smart! i have to keep filling in the dirt but they dig it back up! what can i do to fix this problem once and for all? any suggestions or ideas please dont hesitate to let me know what you think. i hope you all have a great morning!