Search the over 2000 posts here at Pure Florida for "grey ratsnake" and you will find numerous posts that mention or show these awesome snakes.
They climb, they get big, they tame down into pretty decent snake pets, they eat rats and squirrels ... what's not to love.
I was actually lamenting the lack of them around PFHQ last week and blaming it on our lack of chickens.
We used to have lots of free ranging banty chickens roaming PFHQ.
When we kept chickens, you were practically tripping over ratsnakes, they love the eggs, they love the mice drawn to the spilled feed, and yes, they love chicks.
The shortage of ratsnakes matches the past few chickenless years almost exactly.
So, normally, I would have been thrilled to see this little guy in my timber bamboo patch.
|This chick was still in the nest, the last course in an almost three course meal.|
|It was too late for course number one, but course (almost) number two was back in the nest now along with clueless course number three who snoozed through the whole event.|
|Does this cardinal chick make me look fat?|
|Chill Grey, I know you're not the bad guy.|
You're just an awesome combination of hunger, muscle, and incredible climbing ability.
Snake's gotta eat.
Today was a trade-off.
One chick instead of all three.
I call that a win.
|Grey, just before slithering beneath the brush pile.|
I'm really wanting to get more chickens now.
Some nice banties ...