Ok, I'll admit to all of you that I absolutely HATE snakes. I guess we tend to hate things that we don't fully understand. I was out in the barn the other day and I looked up and saw this snake hanging around. We looked it up and feel that it's a black rat snake. As far as I know, he's harmless and it answers my question as to why I've had no mice in the engines this year. The attached picture shows his latest skin shed of which measured in at 5 feet long. My question, should I try to get rid of this thing (and if so, how?) or learn to live with him and enjoy not having mice? I know he spends a lot of time up in the upper shelving where I keep some things that we use on occasion. I really don't want to be surprised one day when I'm up on a ladder. Oh, and the thing went and had babies in my round bale that I use for mulch. Funny, I had a pet snake as a kid. Dad ran over it with the disc and I got him and nursed him back to health. That was a gardner snake though and he was small.