Sometimes you just can't get a break. Went out after work to feed the chickens and this monster is in the cage with a pair of the mille fleur Japanese project birds. He had eaten the hens eggs and couldn't get out of the cage again, which was lucky for me because I got to wait until Phil got home so I could get some help taking care of this one. I did open the cage door and attempt to let the chickens out but he curled up to strike at me. We just plain kill them. Sorry if that bothers anyone. I know they are not poisonous. Maybe it doesn't bother other people to have 6 ft black snakes in their yard but it bothers me and snakes don't seem to forget; they'll come back for more eggs. And yes, it was 6 ft long; when Phil held it up it was as long as he is tall.