Kali had to work late last evening, so I went to the supermarket for the week's groceries. (I do all the cooking.) As I was carrying the bags from the car to the house, I looked down and saw a fairly sizable Eastern Garter Snake alongside the path; in fact, I nearly stepped on it. Odd...
The path is bordered by a 1-1/2-foot tall wire mesh fence that the previous resident of the house had installed. It's been there ever since I've been in the house and I never give it much thought. I have no idea why it's there; its only function seems to be to accumulate leaves in the autumn (though there are some sorry sedums growing between the fence and the house; perhaps the fence was emplaced to keep deer away from the sedums).
In any case, I made two more trips to carry the rest of the groceries inside, but the snake didn't move, so I went to investigate. Upon closer inspection, this is what I found:
The snake had made its way through one of the small holes in the mesh fence, but its body was too big to go all the way through; it was snared.
I went to my toolbox, got my wire snips and extricated the 2-foot-long serpent, but not before it bathed my hands in foul-smelling musk. Ingrate...!
(The images aren't great, but they were done quickly so that I could extricate the snake as quickly as possible.)