What kind of snake is this? (*PICS*)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kuntrygirl, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    I went out to pick eggs this evening and I stuck my hand in a nesting box and what I grabbed did not feel like an egg, so I IMMEDIATELY jumped back. A few minutes later, this little fella wiggled out.

    Does anyone know what kind of snake this is? He was 4'9" long.

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  2. DuckLover2399

    DuckLover2399 Avian American

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    rat snake
     
  3. SilkieMomma

    SilkieMomma Out Of The Brooder

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    A great big ugly one!! [​IMG]
     
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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    Well he eats more than just rats. He had an egg inside of him. I crushed it when I touched the spot. Would he have bite me?
     
  5. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

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  6. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Rat snake ,
    but with that pattern we call them chicken snakes around here, sure was a beauty
     
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  7. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Texas rat snake .. i have a female who lives in my yard.. nice snakes.. eat rodents but also eggs.. and won't turn down a small chick if one gets in the way.. ours gets along fine with our cats and hens.. even though she has raided a few nests we like to have her around for rodent control.. we figure we can pay her in eggs when the rodents are scarce...
     
  8. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    by the way.. that one looks like a female to me
     
  9. Godsgrl

    Godsgrl Ostrich wrangler

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    Yes, he would have bitten you, I guarantee it. But you wouldn't die from it, and you wouldn't even need to go to the hospital. What a scare that must have been for you though.
     
  10. lleighmay

    lleighmay Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Gray rat snake (aka fox snake, chicken snake). Non-poisonous and harmless to humans. Excellent for rodent control but will eat eggs and chicks occasionally. Different version of the black rat snake which we have here. They have a free pass at our farm, though if they become persistent about stealing eggs they will get relocated to the horse/cattle barn down the road. Thus far I've been lucky and have not had a problem. I certainly wouldn't begrudge a few eggs occasionally to keep down the rodent population. If you ever need to move one you can just pick it up gently by sliding your hand under the back 1/3 of its body and lifting it. They will balance and let you carry them to a different location. If one does bite you it's no big deal; certainly less painful than getting tangled in a blackberry bush. That said I do understand how frightening snakes can be to lots of people (it's taken me years to retrain my Dad- I'm SO proud of him). The main thing to remember is that most of them won't hurt you, though they may make you hurt yourself.
     

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