Once before, I’ve caught a snake in the henhouse, but never in the act of swallowing an egg. Here’s the sight that greeted me a few weeks ago when I went out to collect in the evening. This is an eastern ratsnake: the only snake in Virginia that gets longer than six feet! It is not venomous and avoids humans as much as possible. It is also–for reasons now obvious–called a “chicken snake.”
I wonder what this hard-working snake would say if I told her it was possible to break the egg and then eat it. But I guess she has the swallowing down to an art, because when I came back an hour or so later, not only was she gone, but so were two additional eggs. Time to close up a few of those holes the chickens have been digging around the base of the coop!