Need help ID'ing Snake...(Eats baby birds)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Teresaann24, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    So I have a wild bird that comes every year and lays her eggs and hatches her chicks in a concert block it has a whole in it and its real tall and deep inside. My girls wanted to see the baby birds inside we could hear chirping so I took a picture I noticed some of the babies had died or something because it use to sound like a bunch of babies crying and now I could only hear one. Much to my surprise when I pulled my hand out and looked at the picture... I have looked at all the Eastern Ky snakes and it looks like none of them. I am worried it will attack my two brooders outside.


    Any ideals what it is?
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  2. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We don't have that snake (Mississippi) but I can tell you this, it is not poisonous.
     
  3. ruby

    ruby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we caught a rat snake yesterday in my coop, ate all of my eggs for the day... protect your babies:confused:man and chicks! It's snake time again!
     
  4. Back_Yard _Chickenrancher

    Back_Yard _Chickenrancher New Egg

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    I don't know what Kind that is either but I have found Deer netting on the fenceing will trap them it is like finger torcher for them they can't get past their ribs and they can't back out it either because all their skin backs up on them so they are trapped till I kill them.
    Now if they don't go after my girls I leave them be to eat the mice and stuff we may have round here but in the netting they are fairgame...
     
  5. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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  6. gjensen

    gjensen Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Mam, I believe what you have there is a sub adult rat snake. It looks like a black/grey rat snake intergrade. They inter breed where their range overlaps. For example in the western part of our state we have the black rat snake. South and east we have the yellow rat snake. In between we have an intergrade called the greenish rat snake. It is difficult to be positive with the limited shot. Also the scales are seperated with the stretched skin from the swallowed birds. It is also the most likely candidate. Elaphe obsoleta. Are you in eastern, western, central etc., Kentucky? I will look back at it later and see if I can tell by the scales.
     
  7. JP101010

    JP101010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If it all possible a picture of the head is the best way to identify what it is..

    Im very sorry you have to deal with this.

    I killed a a copperhead with my shoe because it was heading towards my pet chickens ( as dumb as it sounds, i knew if i got bitten i could throw a belt around my leg like a tourniquet and head to the hospital which is 5 minutes away versus if my pet got bitten there would be nothing i could do)
    Adrenaline works wonders as courage [​IMG]
     
  8. Teresaann24

    Teresaann24 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2008
    Eastern, Kentucky
    I am in Eastern Ky
     
  9. SentryFE

    SentryFE Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a King Snake.
     
  10. AuroraSprings

    AuroraSprings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Mam, I believe what you have there is a sub adult rat snake. It looks like a black/grey rat snake intergrade. They inter breed where their range overlaps. For example in the western part of our state we have the black rat snake. South and east we have the yellow rat snake. In between we have an intergrade called the greenish rat snake. It is difficult to be positive with the limited shot. Also the scales are seperated with the stretched skin from the swallowed birds. It is also the most likely candidate. Elaphe obsoleta. Are you in eastern, western, central etc., Kentucky? I will look back at it later and see if I can tell by the scales.

    I second that! I've seen very similar ones coming in my duck house for eggs. Plus I raise rat snakes [​IMG]

    Meant to add, here are some of the ones I've caught here:

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    THERE'S MY EGGS!!
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    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011

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