Look closely in the above picture. Near the center and you will see the culprit. When I opened the door it was about eight – 10 inches away from my front door. It definitely saw me well before I saw it. I took a second to collect myself and picked up all the cardboard stuff I was taking to the recycling bin. I made a lot of noise opening the door to alert it that I was coming. I snatched the lease and threw it on the stairs and cautiously looked around before committing to go outside and make the walk to my SUV. No snake, so far so good. I’m about halfway up the walkway to my truck when I turn around and had to compose myself yet again. The snake was in one of the bushes looking dead at me flicking it’s tongue.
Since I’ve moved here I’ve seen my share of woodland creatures. There’s a wooded area behind my place and behind that is a river. I’ve had several lizards (well I think they’re proper names are slinks) inside my place. They were escorted out with help of a broom. Honestly, if I had on shoes at the time I probably would’ve stomped them into a bloody paste on the living room carpet. I’ve seen frogs and last year I’ve even saw a snake before slithering across the street, far on the other side of the complex. Considering my proximity to the water, I figured it was only a matter of time before I saw a snake closer to home. June 5th was that day.
I’m standing there trying to decide what to do. Part of me is saying put the stuff in your truck, do what you were going to do and live and let live. The Detroit in me was getting hyped and telling me that I needed to handle it. It’s head and maybe another two inches of it’s body was outside of the bush looking at me. I felt like I was in that episode of The Boondocks where they’re talking about “nigga moments”. We’re staring each other down. We went back and forth in our little stare down waiting for the other to get froggy and jump.
Snake: Wha’cha gone do nigga?!
Me: Wha’cha gone do nigga?!
Snake: Knuck if you buck nigga! Eastsiiiiide!
Heard there was a bear running around my side of town. Wonder
if when I’ll see that?