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Putting this in the hiking / camping section because the snake was not in the chicken yard.

This is a Texas Rat Snake, also known as the Chicken Snake. It is pretty much harmless. However, I have heard of bites getting infected. The snakes are also supposed to carry E. Coli. Which means you wash your hands very good after handing one of these snakes.

They typically eat anything that fits in their mouth.


The Rat Snake in the video is the third one I have seen so far this year. Two have set up home on the chicken house. Once they take care of the mice and rats in the chicken house, the snakes will probably be relocated to the tractor barn.

Several years ago while on a camping trip I set my hammock up, laid down, looked up, and there was a rat snake making its way through the limbs. It was slowly moving from limb to limb looking for a birds nest.

I use to kill rat snakes, but I don't bother them anymore. They serve a purpose here on the farm in taking care of rats and mice.
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I know its very rare, but I saw a 6-foot timber rattler in Shelbyville Texas last year in the fall while getting ready for hunting season. Only the second time in nearly 40 years we saw one on our property.
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I know its very rare, but I saw a 6-foot timber rattler in Shelbyville Texas last year in the fall while getting ready for hunting season. Only the second time in nearly 40 years we saw one on our property.
Yep, those timber rattlers are getting more common.
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I've had rat snakes kill my chickens...they were at the teenager stage...not quite full size but not quite babies. The snake would come in at night and try to swallow a chicken starting at the head and then get stuck at the shoulders. Then the back out and leave the slimy dead chicken. Wouldn't have bothered me if it wasn't always pullets that they go for. Why can't the kill teenage roosters?

I always relocate them but if hubby finds them he just lops their heads off. He hates snakes.
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Chicken snakes at my place receive the same fate, death. They rob my hens nests, kill and eat baby Blue Birds and baby chicks, scare the heck out of wives and grandchildren and cause the dogs to bark like crazy. As far as eating rats, get a cat. A cat will kill multiple rats in a day, a rat snake will eat one mouse/rat and then lie dormant for a week or two.
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