Lost one of my peepers to a black rat snake either late last night or early this morning.
Found the snake in the coop this morning with a distinctive bulge in its middle, and one of my peepers gone. It wasn't big enough to eat a full grown hen, but it got one of the two chicks.
I was hoping the adult chickens would go after it but they were just walking around clucking for breakfast, so I dispatched it myself.
I honestly don't mind losing an egg or two to a rat snake since they're more beneficial than harmful, but I can't having it eating the youngsters. Fairly large snake too, at a little over 5 feet long.