It always pays to look before you stick your hand in the chicken nest. The first pick is what I saw initially when I opened the nesting box this morning. Then I went and got my snap shot camera I keep in the truck now. So I took the photo and then pulled on its tail and let go. It was very reluctant to let go of the egg. In the first photo it was already past its jaw and with each tug on its tail it squeezed its back out its throat. When it was far enough out I grabbed it around the head and pulled it out. It was 40 inches long. I was trying to hold the snake and take photos at the same time and didn't notice until I got home that the last 5 shots were short videos. I haven't figured out how to take a slice out of the video with my cheap software yet. I took it out to the back of the property about a half mile away and let it go. I'm wondering how long it will be before its back. Last year I took a bigger one off a couple of miles. This one is an oak snake and the other one was a yellow but both are in the rat snake family.