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Open door inside barn to almost step on this little guy. Needless to say I was a little startled. Just let it mosey it's way on under the hay stack to go catch some mice. I estimate about 4 1/2 feet.

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Nice... our old barn housed several that shed 6' skins every year. Kind of creepy knowing they are in there and you never see them. We sure didn't have any issues with mice eating the feed though.
 

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They have their uses. I cannot stand many of them, but I do "Coexist" as twostep advocates. Most of them get struck by the hoe. I prefer cats to do my mousing. Petting snakes give me the willies.

Sorry Ryan, I hope we are still friends. lol
 

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I've not seen that type of snake here in these parts of Illinois. We have Bull snakes here. What kind is that ?
Black rat.

I think it's the same one I almost grabbed last year at this time, it was hanging over a door waiting for birds to fly in. I missed it's head by about 4-5" when i grabbed to close door, that one scared me a little. That one was about 3 1/2 foot so I think it's same snake. I know now to watch a little closer getting up in dark hay loft to pull out bales. I would rather have snakes anyday over a cat. Hardly ever know they are around, do a good job on the mice, and don't stink the barn up with peeing on everything. I leave them alone, they leave me alone. If they keep the mice away, they can even have a few eggs now and then...hens don't like it, but better than a cat trying to kill my chickens.

If they didn't cost so much to feed, we would actually have 1 or 2 as pets, my son is a reptile freak.

Largest we've ever saw was an 8 footer. He was lying in the black berry bushes and my mom almost grabbed his head picking berries.
 

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Boy, I know you lose perspective in a photo but he sure looks longer than four and a half feet.
 
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Needless to say I was a little startled.
I don't mind snakes too much, but that sentence is code for

I shrieked like a little girl and it took them an hour to get my fingernails pried out of the beam over my head where I was hanging...
 

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Now that is hilarious, "shrieked like a little girl"!! I love snakes, of all kinds, always have. No idea why, but they have a "cute" factor for me that most people reserve for kittens and puppies. Spiders, on the other hand, are a whole different ball of wax !! lol Olde deere #2
 

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MH81, sorry, I don't shreik like a little girl, I like snakes to a point. I agree with War wagon though, poisonous, they are done for, but my black snakes can hang around. When I first opened door, it's head was facing the other way through a slat in the goat stall, I was going to grab it's tail and pull it out to try to measure it. As soon as it heard or felt my vibration, it's slowly turned around and came investigating, I guess when you're that big of a snake, you have no fear.

Some stray cat came into the barn few weeks ago, I could tell it was there.....not much worse than smell of make cat pee!!! I think I can take skunk almost better than that. I can barely tolerate our house cat, sure don't want any barn cats.

Oh and I rarely kill spiders unless in the house...they help with the insects!!!
 
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