|a snake in the grass!|
while the rest of the household were on automatic kill mode (the typical reaction to a snake), adri and i jumped in to interfere, extolling the vermin-exterminating virtues of the snake. fortunately, at least one of the household had witnessed it, so everyone else eventually gave in and decided to leave the snake alone.
while we were relieved, it was still pretty scary having a more-than-meter long snake in the backyard, especially if it turned out to be a venomous one. with the help of our friend drew, it was identified through our pictures as a rat snake, pretty much harmless if left alone.
still, over the next few days, an occasional sighting in a pot or among the trees would bring out a sharp squeal from the spotter. i probably would react the same way!