That lump you see behind it's head... that is it's most recent snack -- one of my large sized chicken eggs! It hadn't swallowed it yet when I saw it for the first time, and by the time Alan and I got back out to the hen house with the snake catchers, there was no getting that egg back. I'm guessing it ate at least 3 or 4 other small bantam eggs from the nest box, too.
This rat snake is over 4' long ... and while they are good snakes, I really don't want them in the hen house eating the eggs. Alan caught it and we relocated it to a remote wooded area about 4 miles from the farm. Not far enough away, if you ask me!