My new adversary and I came face-to-face this morning, and it was not a pretty sight.
On the morning of May 27, 2013 I went out to check on the chickens and rabbits. Before the chickens were let out of the coop I walked to the end of the run to make sure it was closed. Took a couple of steps over to the rabbit hutch, looked up, and within arms length on top of the hutch was a chicken snake looking straight at me. The rabbit hutch is 8 feet long, the snake was almost the length of the hutch.
The first thing I did was take a couple of steps backwards, reminded myself that cotton mouths do not climb, then went into the house to get a camera. What good is a story without pictures.
My wife grabbed her camera and started taking pictures.
The snake seemed to be looking for a way to get into the rabbit hutch. The rabbits seem a little big for the snake to eat, but you never know.
Before I could get a rake to get the snake off the hutch, it had retreated to the safety of some brush.
If being face-to-face with a chicken snake was not bad enough, I found a second snake just a few minutes later.