the other day a big snake was lying in front of the chickenhouse with a chick stuck in it's mouth. I am not familiar with things like that. we do not want a snake around that eats our chicks still I feel sort of ambiguous about killing it. it was not a poisonous one. I wonder if someone knows a lot about snakes. It was rather dark, but had a design that came in blocks, light, dark, light dark, getting darker towards the tail. The head was black on top with a white rim around the mouth. The belly was light. The chicks were frightened and I had a heck of a time getting them in as they did not want to go near the door.