We recently had a visit from a pretty big carpet python! The chickens were kicking up a big racket, so I thought I had better go and take a look. I thought it was most likely a blue tongue lizard in their pen, as we have lots of them in our garden. BUT as I rounded the corner of their coop, there were 4 of my chickens standing around a 3 1/2 metre carpet python! Its body was about the thickness of a wine bottle! (at the fattest part) While they are not poisonous, they can give you a very nasty bite! I am not a fan of snakes or even large spiders either for that matter..... In a mad panic, I managed to isolate the chickens from the snake It later disappeared into our neighbours garden....I really really hope we dont see it again! Not sure if the snake was there because of the chickens or their eggs, or maybe even just looking for water, as it has been very dry here for months. Or maybe she was just pasting through.... At least the chicken coop is snake & rat proof at night, thank goodness! Would a snake of that size be after my bantams or eggs???