Thursday, March 10, 2011

Snake in the kitchen!

Melissa & Doug Sack of Snakes
These are rubber snakes...
The husband was home sick, but has trouble lounging in bed (or sitting still) and decided to clean something.  He likes to clean big things - the basement, the refrigerator, the cars.  He decided to tackle the kitchen which had been fairly neglected due to my work schedule...

He was vacuuming around the cat box and decided to pull out the refrigerator to clean back there.  This is usually a productive cleaning spot what with cat hairballs and what not.  You never know what treasure you might find back there! 

Once pulled away from the wall he noticed a rubber snake (with kids a rubber snake behind the fridge is par for the course - don't even get me started about what I find in the couch cushions).  The snake was coiled around the baseboard heater.  However,  it moved when he touched it.  He realized this was no rubber snake but a real live one that had been living in our kitchen for who knows how long!

Thankfully I have a husband who is comfortable handling snakes.  I am glad that it was not me who found the thing.  That might have required major retail therapy and a night at a hotel!!!  Anyway, I got the phone call to address the big question of whether he should save the snake to show the kids or whether they would be horrified to realize that things like this are lurking in their kitchen...

I opted for saving it for their viewing pleasure, after all it wasn't like we found it in their bedroom.  They seem to take the finding of the snake in stride.  Maybe the finding of the squirrel and the regular deaths of field mice have increased their acceptance of cohabitation with outside creatures... Don't worry, the snake was safely released into the backyard and hopefully will stay out of the kitchen.
Our Kitchen Snake...

I just peeked behind the fridge and so far so good - no sign of the snake...