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Old 06-03-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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my barn cat was looking at the ceiling of the barn.I looked up and saw a snake at the very top of the ceiling..It's a little hard to see.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #2
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I've yet to see ANY kind of snake here in Michigan hanging out over my head.
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:51 PM   #3
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That was one of the things I loved the best about Michigan.
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I think I'm going to have to start looking up from now on when I'm in the barn...or, maybe not.

I did find a black rat snake in our barn, unfortunately it was stuck in some berry netting that I'd found out in the yard and left in the barn. I took pity on the poor thing, and with Jeff's help holding its head in place with the side of a broom, went to work freeing it. As I cut away at the netting and it began to realize it was nearly free, it started to really move--prior to that it was pretty listless. What a horrible feeling to be trapped like that--I would imagine.

If this story sounds familiar to older members, it is because I told it last year (or was it the year before?).

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I've yet to see ANY kind of snake here in Michigan hanging out over my head.
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That was one of the things I loved the best about Michigan.
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When I first moved here, I had a deal with snakes: when we ran into each other it would go one way and I'd go the other. Over time, I started to break that agreement...I began to follow them to get some photos. Then, with the freeing of the black rat snake, I ended up even touching it!

I'd say that you can get past your aversion to snakes--but, if you don't really see them in Michigan, then I guess you may not have that chance. (I'm not sure that I'm completely over mine yet.
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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I love snakes. I think they are interesting.
I get 5 and 6 foot snakes in my barn. My
Friend led my horse in his stall one time
And there was a big black snake under the
Straw. Last year a black snake had babies
Where the wall meets the roof in the barn.
I saw tiny tails up there. I find huge snake skins
Around the barn. Lots of fun!
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I love snakes. I think they are interesting.
I get 5 and 6 foot snakes in my barn. My
Friend led my horse in his stall one time
And there was a big black snake under the
Straw. Last year a black snake had babies
Where the wall meets the roof in the barn.
I saw tiny tails up there. I find huge snake skins
Around the barn. Lots of fun!
I'm surprised they had their young up so high! Not what I'd have imagined...but, I guess it is a pretty safe place as long as they don't fall, I can't imagine there'd be many predators up there.
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Oh we have snakes here, just not any that hang from rafters or trees. Ours stay on the ground and where I live, there aren't any poisonous snakes whatsoever. It is my understanding though that"other" parts of Michigan have some sort of a poisonous species but I do not know its name.
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I'd love having that hanging from my rafters. It's really awesome that you actually got a photo of it.
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the black snakes are amazing...I noticed one on the outside of the barn onetime. It was outside my horses stall where I was with the horse. I closed the barn doors hoping it wouldn't end up in the stall with me. Next thing I know it was climbing the wall of the stall. I can't believe how the can climb. It's amazing. Later I found its skin inside the barn. One time I had a large blacksnake in the barn and I was trying to chase it out with a long horse whip. I was just wiggling the whip not touching the snake. The snake started attacking the whip. I left it alone and it went out the barn door. My neighbor said black snakes will go after you and bite you during mating season. I don't believe that. I think as long as you leave them alone they will leave you alone. So many people don't like snakes. I don't understand that at all.
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Old 06-04-2013, 02:24 PM   #10
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I've seen some black snakes that are aggressive, but I like how they move, the big ones are super fast on a down hill grade in the woods. I've seen em climb a tree just to find a blue jay nest.

Equilibrium, keep those guys away from your hens, they are eggsuckers deluxe, subtle too, I heard they like to move into an hen house at night when the chickens don't see/stir so much.

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