Is a rain of snakes one of the Biblical signs of Armageddon? Then you might want to hold onto your butts.
I was at home today because we were having a bit of a plumbing dilemma. Toilets were gurgling, and weird black water was popping up in the bathtub.
The plumber had arrived and he was working in the backyard(moving towards finding a rather large collection of wipes-which we found out are not good to flush, even the self proclaimed "flushable" wipes, so it's back to tee-pee for my lovely daughter's delicate heiney) and I was running to and from the bathroom to report the situation and turn on water and such.
On my second trip out through the screen door, I felt something strike me on the right arm between my shoulder and elbow. I took a couple of steps as I was saying,"What the hell was that?", I turned back to the door and glanced down, and there on the ground was...a...SNAKE! Now, it was not a BIG snake, I would guess it was about 10 inches to a foot long, but only about an inch or two around, maybe. What really kinda creeped me out was that it was bulged out in the center, which I guessed meant that it had just eaten(turns out it had just eaten a lizard-I'll explain how I know that soon).
I walked over and reported to the plumber that the water was running down the bathtub drain. Then, I realized that I needed to get rid of the snake. You see, My Special Lady is a wee bit phobic of the snakes, and I realized that I could not tell her a story involving a snake landing on me in our backyard without ending it with the phrase.."and then I killed the snake."
I went to the garage and grabbed the shovel that we bought as a snake defense system after our previous snake run-in. I came back, and the snake was in just about the same spot it had landed. I took the shovel and I cut the snake in half in one fell swoop...Okay, that's not true. I had to hit it a coupla times, and it turned at me and hissed and stuff. After I got it in half was when I saw that it was a lizard that the snake had eaten. This kinda freaked me out a bit, I'm not sure why, but it did. Though I did become kinda convinced that I was going to be next if I had not killed the snake.
I put it in a bag and put it in the garbage. It felt a little weird, but I also knew that My Special Lady would have had a hard time relaxing knowing that the snake fell from either the roof or the screen door or whatever and was still out there. I looked at it as I did what I felt I had to do.
Plus, a snake falling on you is just kinda icky.