The guy canvassing door to door to "save the bees" found this black rat snake guarding my front door. You would have thought he'd take it as a sign.
"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made."
- Genesis 3-1
This snake was not so crafty. I grabbed him quick and simple, and let him go the other side of the yard. Hopefully he will stay out of the back yard, as the dogs will skin him quick if he ventures outside of the thick beds of ivy.