|Bird house at farm|
|Black rat snake in birdhouse|
One solution is to place stove pipe baffles on all nest boxes which are erected on metal pipes. This will protect from all but aerial predators. So I urge you to be responsible landlords of your nest boxes and protect them as well as possible from predation. I also urge you to resist irrational fears of snakes which may be rooted in religious myths and possibly also in the response of early humans to the unusual shape of snakes (which can be considered phallic symbols) and their unusual ability to shed their skin intact.
|Tree swallow nestlings in bird box|
|Black rat snake eats young tree swallow|
Galax, VA and Englewood, FL