The other day I was down in my stamp room, working away. Snowball (our dog) came to me to let me know she wanted to go outside. So instead of running upstairs, I let her out the basement steps. I stood at the slider, waiting for her to come back when out of the corner of my eye I saw movement on the steps........OMG! it was a SNAKE! Now mind you, the photo you are about to see makes it look larger than what it was. When I stepped out to actually see it, it reared up it's head and body to make him/herself appear larger, and started shaking it's tail like a rattler!!! So here I am, looking at a snake, waiting for Snowy to come back down the steps. Here she comes! She proceeds down the steps as I say, come here, and then she STOPS! Right next to the snake! At this point in time, I have my DH on the phone and I scream for her to come! I didn't know if this thing was poisonous or not! So DH runs home from the office to take care of the snake for me! Now I want to know where Mama, Papa, and bro's and sis's are! I got pictures before DH took care of it and emailed DNR. And while I wasn't close, I was zooming....it kept striking out at me and was falling down each step!!!! Like a slinky!!!! DNR finally got back to me and told me it was a Black Rat snake and is non poisonous, and that they shake their tail like a rattler! No kiddin'!
Now for laughs on how big it really was!