Fair Warning----Snake post ahead
Monday morning I went out to let my chickens out of their coop and was greeted by this silhouette.
The very same pretty Texas Rat snake I had purposely avoided while mowing my pasture a few weeks back.
They are called Rat snakes for their voracious appetites of all things rodent.
While mowing, I also saw many rats.
I decided to let the snake stay, even though they are known for eating eggs as well.
They are also 'constrictors'.
They grab on tight with their bodies and don't let go.
Here it's obvious that getting her unwound from the wall of the chicken coop was going to be a two person job.
Thank goodness Jenna was awake.
We gently cajoled her into coming out--one touch at a time.
It was my job to grab the bitey end while Jenna tapped the other end.
Gloves are a necessity, as they do bite.
That flat head is one of the snake's defenses.
I'm not squeezing her head, she's doing it all on her own.
They flatten it to look bigger to whatever is bothering them.
Humans have been known to be positive they have a cobra in their yard because of it.
That behavior usually gets the snake's head chopped right off.
Another defense they have, is the ability to "rattle" their tails.
I don't know how they make the sound, but it's obvious they are mimicking a Rattlesnake.
This also gets their heads chopped off by humans.
Luckily for her, I know all this snakes tricks and am able to simply move this fabulous predator to another location.
Happy hunting pretty girl!