The Right Coast

May 17, 2004
Things That Slither
By Gail Heriot

Here is a picture of the kind of snakes I found in the kitchen of a friend of mine's seemingly ordinary suburban home last week. They were Black Racers--completely harmless--and they had evidently been hibernating behind the dishwasher. The first one was of indeterminate length, but the second was kind enough to stretch himself out in a straight line along the cabinetry, so I am quite certain that he was six feet. I am not afraid of snakes (beyond the ordinary rational level of fear), but I can't say I'm keen on them either, particularly when they show up while I'm trying to read the paper in my bath robe.