Thought I should clarify something here. I said that 1 3/4 of the snake was inside the door. What I meant to say was that it was about 2 feet long and 1 3/4 feet of him was inside the door.
BTW, I have not gone out that door during the night since that little episode and you better believe everytime I open the door during the daytime--I look down!! No sign of him since. I hope I didn't kill him but I also hope he has taken up residence elsewhere.
Ok, as I said in a past post, I love wildlife but I'm not crazy about snakes. In fact, I don't like them. In fact, they give me the willies!!!
Another fact you should know (or maybe shouldn't) but I tend to wake up about 4:00 or 4:30 every morning when nature calls. And I don't mean nature as in wildlife!! So, since the newspapers are delivered at about 3:00 AM, I usually go out and get the paper before I go back to bed. Ever since my last encounter with said corn snake or red rat snake, I usually look down to see if it's there. Now, you must understand that I don't turn the lights on when I go out to get the paper. It's just a few feet off the porch so there is no need.
Sooo the other morning, duty called per usual so I did what was necessary then went out to get the paper--looking down at the porch first. I got the paper and came back in closing the door behind me. When I pulled the door closed, it felt like something was stuck in the door even though it closed. I figured it was the little throw rug by the door so I locked the door and let it go.
Ok, now, are you wayyyyy ahead of me?? When I woke up in the morning, I looked at the door and laying on the floor was about 1 3/4 of a Red Rat Snake laying inside the door--the rest was under the door. I figured, ok, it's dead. Here I am, a wildlife rehabber who just killed a snake. I poked at it and it didn't move so I'm figuring it's dead. I got Mr. Snowbird to remove it. He got a pair of tongs and he grabbed it as I opened the door. It wasn't dead!! So, he immediately threw it out in the street. Now, I'm feeling really guilty and said that we should probably get it and take it to the wildlife hospital--wondering all the time what I was going to put it in. At the same time, the snake started crawling away under the bushes. It's tail wasn't moving too great but good enough that I wasn't going to go chase after it!!
So now--everytime I open the front door, I do it carefully and look down. And you better believe that I will never go out and get the paper in the dark ever again!!! I still don't know why I didn't step on that thing when I walked back in the door that morning. Ewwwww.