Quote:BOone COunty MO Missouri, somewhere on the dissected uplands along the crest of the Brown's Station Anticline. Snakes are regional. Yes, and the extensive range of the most common (posted about) six foot long coop crasher is the Black Rat snake (also ref. as a Racer), OP is in OK so I'm guessing this `model': http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c331/IvanIvanovich/ScalyBark061108.jpg I had the ref., quoted from, below, saved owing to the 20% egg solution to discourage Voles (the snakes here do what they can to keep the population down, but they can't eat enough - chooks take one now and then). There is also this (I think Calif.approved SNAKE-A-WAY for use against one species of Garter, but it could have been another species, though approval by state is no guarantee of efficacy). Snake repellents Dr. T's Snake-A-Way (7% napthalene and 28% sulfur), a commercial snake repellent, has not been successful in repelling golpher snakes, rattlesnakes, and plains garter snakes. Several home remedies including gourd vines, moth balls, sulfur, cedar oil, a tacky bird repellent, lime, cayenne pepper spray, sisal rope, coal tar and creosote, liquid smoke, artificial skunk scent, and musk from a king snake (they eat other snakes) were not successful in repelling black rat snakes. Good info. on just about all repellents: http://www.coopext.colostate.edu/wildlife/repellents.htm Oh, egg solution for Voles on this property? If my grandmother was still alive I'd be skinning and curing, sending her more vole `fur' powder puffs than she'd be able to use in another 99yr. ed:sp/clarity Is that the same as a Black Racer. Those little suckers will come after you if threatened. Not poisonous though. Ran across one in the barn once. A real battle trying to kill that one. Then there was the wad of them under the garbage cans. The riding mower took care of those.