A black rat snake just killed my full size 1.5 year old mallard. Tried to eat it and couldn't. Left it laying there. I caught the shake but couldn't bring myself to kill it so I have it in a bucket for relocation. Its a good 6 foot at least. I had no idea a black rat snake would kill full size poultry. There was even an egg in there it could have ate instead. I'm quite upset.
Jay C. White Cloud
posted 3 years ago
Eric...I am so sorry for your loss.
I thank you for doing the "permie thing" and not killing the snake, and choosing rather to relocate. This is good as long as it is in a safe location for the snake and fare from other livestock that could fall victim to it (unless you would like to kill it and eat it and make things from its skin and bones...I am o.k. with that too.)
If the duck was on a nest...or feeling "grumpy" it may well have "nipped" the snake...Which was the duck's down fall as a 6' Elapid of several species in more than capable of killing most poultry. Seldon (ever?) would a snake even of this size try to feed on such a large prey item...but will...if provoked kill one. They (snakes) are typically there for rodents and smaller game, though they will take young of the all poultry.
Again...sorry for your loss...and thank you for your wisdom and courage to move passed the anger and accept the balance of things....
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