One of the unforeseen problems we encountered after acquiring chickens was rats! Yep, we have rats in Tallahassee and they moved into our chicken coop. They didn’t stay around for long though. “Ratty” the Gray Rat Snake took care of them. Ate ’em all! Watched him catch and eat one of them! That was last year. Now? Well, we see Ratty every once in a while, but we haven’t seen any more rats. So, the next time you see a snake in your yard and run for the shovel please take pause and ask yourself the following question. How many rats would there be if there were no more rat-eating snakes? A lot!