Deja vu all over again.
The huge grey ratsnake was stretched out beneath the pen of Miss FluffyFoot, the featherfooted hen who lives alone due to her inability to hold her own with the other banties. I knew what he was after ... she had two eggs in her pen and he could smell them.
Miss FluffyFoot never sits on her eggs, so I grabbed one and crouched down to offer it to the big snake. He sniffed it, but I think my scent threw him off, as he pulled away slowly and began to climb up to the chicken pen.
He moved smoothly up the post supporting Miss FluffyFoot's pen ...
... and flowed silently into the interior.
Miss FluffyFoot tried her intimidating stare on him, but ... she's pretty silly looking with those feathered feet and frankly, she's just not good at intimidating anyone.
The snake ignored her, tongue flicking as he homed in on an egg.
There were some frustrating moments for the snake as the egg would roll away each time he attempted to grab it.
He was very persistent though.
Finally, he pinned it against the chicken waterer and gained some purchase on the egg.
Then, he demonstrated the wonder of snake jaw mechanics.
What is this equivalent to ... swallowing a watermelon whole?
He made it look pretty easy and actually ate both eggs while I watched and shot photo after photo.
At this point, I reached out and gently tugged the hay out of his mouth. He didn't seem to mind one bit.
He worked the egg just a little farther back and then coiled on himself to crush it.
You could clearly hear the eggshell collapse through his scaly skin. He rested only a moment, and then slid over to the second egg, tongue flicking gently against the shell.
It was about then that I heard sweet daughter Emma call to me from the house.
"Back here honey."
"I'm getting ready to go and ..."
"Come back here, come see what I've found ..." I interrupted.
She walked back to where I was, her eyes got big, and together we watched in amazement as this big, wild, wonderful animal did it all over again.
Another fine Father/Daughter moment and one I know she will never forget.
Definitely worth the price of admission.