We discovered a roughly 5 foot long snake in our yard today -- or actually, our chickens discovered it and were following the thing. Our flock seems to be worryingly adventurous. We believe it was a pine snake. My husband got a long stick and sort of harassed it out of our yard and into the woods again in hopes it will just keep on moving. I called the park service and the people there seemed to think it wasn't likely to cause us any trouble. They said that it would be happy to eat eggs or chicks, but our adult birds probably weren't in much danger from it even though they obviously aren't smart enough to keep their distance. Now I'm sure a snake that big COULD harm a grown chicken, but I'm wondering how common it is, in the experience of people here, for this kind of snake. I'm pretty certain our coop is secure, but our birds spend a lot of the day ranging the yard, which is large and wooded. Also I'm worried it will, say, come back and try to move in underneath our shed or something, and while I don't bear it any ill will, I also don't want to be running into it on the regular. So, anybody know much about pine snakes?