It wasn't my plan to spend much time in my yard today. Somehow once I get started I find it difficult to find a stopping place. This morning my plan was only to clean the pool filter and do a small amount of hand watering. It is my usual routine to carry my pruning shears with me wherever I am in the yard... just in case. As the story goes I transitioned from the pool filter to doing some dead-heading and weed pulling. I rounded a corner of salvia plants and there lie a 3 foot long snake. I've see it before. Not in the same area. I don't like snakes.
When I first moved into this house 23 years ago, if I saw a snake I would hunt it down and kill it or I couldn't rest. Now I just let them be. I figure they eat the mice and probably some other varmints. I'm not sure what kind of snake this was, I will look it up on the internet later but I think it was probably some type of garden snake. He was mustard color with brown stripes longwise from head to tail.