GEESH! I'll be checking the toilet everytime I sit down for the next month!
I'm like Indiana Jones - I have a deathly fear of snakes. I hit a garter snake this summer with my weed wacker - flipped it straight up into the air! Needly to say - I had to change my shorts.
Last spring I looked out the front window and saw this huge black snake lying in my front yard. I walked out gingerly to get a better look and this thing was about 7 feet long. I called the local game warden and he asked me if I had any pine trees on the property. I said yes, I have two huge blue spruce. He said it's probably a corn snake and they are harmless. They live in the those types of trees.
Meanwhile, while I'm on the phone, my two kids are out there with sticks teasing this thing. They got it all riled up. I stuck my head out the door and yelled at them, and the snake crawled off into the big blue spruce beside the house. The same blue spruce that I have to mow around!!
My daughter has mowed the back yard ever since.