Snakes in the Barn

Black Snakes in the Barn

Bruce Gatling-Austin


It's not unusual to find signs of snake activity in the barn, especially black rat snakes. Occasionally we'll even spot one. Recently on a quiet, warm Sunday afternoon the first group of visitors saw a young black snake checking out our bird nest display, no doubt practicing for later with real ones. Then after those visitors left, a family with two children came walking to the barn following a very large black snake who was following a smaller black snake traveling the pavement in front of the barn. They disappeared in the high grass. Later still two black rat snakes of the same size did a "dance" of neck touching before retreating into the closet under the stairs.