Why do they never look as big on camera as they do in life? This guy was big around, though not long... and if you notice... he has a film over both eyes. I am going to have to study this. Snakes have a third eyelid, I know, but this snake actually looked blind. He greeted me tonight as I walked into the big henhouse, so thank heavens the light was on! The three tiny chicks were safe, and I have sealed their cage up even better tonight, so that they will remain safe. I lifted him up with the plastic pitchfork (so handy for moving straw around.... and big snakes) but we have talked about buying a snake catcher, as we like to just move them out of the way. If he hadn't kept coiling, I would have gone about my business. Here he is outside, where I had just set him down in the porch area.
Yesterday we moved the rabbit hutch out of the henhouse, and out into the henyard. Keith got the drawers out of it, and we found scores of mice in them, including probably 30 pinkies or just over pinkie stage. The bantams had a hay day, sad to say. (or good to say for them). My intention was to put four of the bigger of the chicks I bought six weeks ago into it, but now the weather has turned chilly again, so they are still in their water tank in the workshop for a few days. I have not seen any snakes in there yet, but we found many huge snake skins in there last fall. Here is one of the
vultures roosters picking through the pile that contained the pinkies.
And finally, Miss Lilly Ann came to protect her mama from the big ole' snake: