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Blue Ridge Wildlife Center has it’s longest patient ever at an impressive 6″4 also making him the heaviest at almost 3 pounds.
This Eastern Ratsnake is without a doubt large.
It seems to have swallowed a ceramic egg used in chicken coops for training chickens.
With minimal invasion and damage done to the animal they were able to extract it.
If you use fake eggs to show your chickens where to lay consider gluing multiple fake eggs together so they will not be ingested.
Also you can nail wooden eggs to the coop itself to accomplish the same goal.
Snakes are often considered pests and underappreciated for the important job they do in their ecosystems.
They prevent disease spread by keeping rodent population as well as the ticks they carry under control.
Snakes serve as important predators but also as an important prey species for larger predators.
If you see a snake in your yard, give it plenty of space, take a photo, and leave it alone.
Lets be better neighbors to our native wildlife.
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