An Unexpected Visitor

Last night I stepped into my bathroom to take a pee.

As I finished this vital task, I stepped away.

Then a bit of movement caught my eye.

The room was dark, only lighted from the adjacent room.

I stared at the wall. What was that?

High up on the wall is the toilet tissue holder. It’s high up to keep it from the cats, who like nothing more than to shred tissue. Well, there was something really odd about the holder. In the semi-darkness my eyes just could not process what I was looking it. My mind could not make sense of the information it was receiving.

What was that?

So I turned on the light.

And jumped back several feet.


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Yes, Eek!

HOW did this get into the house?

HOW long at it been in the house?

HOW had it escaped the clutches of all my cats?

HOW did I get it out of the house?

I just stared. Neither of us moved. I think the poor dear was as startled as I was.

Grabbing a big towel, I gently covered over its head end, and managed to get it inside an empty plastic storage box. I quickly put the lid on.

Five minutes later, in a big field adjacent to my house, I open the lid and the unexpected visitor slithered out into the dark night.

The moral of the story? Never pee without first checking everything out.





  1. Betsy on April 15, 2017 at 9:26 am

    This cannot be real. It cannot. This is a nightmare. Omg

  2. Kelly on April 15, 2017 at 9:43 am

    I can’t even type a reasonable response to it without getting the chills.

    How did you not run out of the house, screaming like it was on fire?

    • Ross on April 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

      I left that part of the story out.

      I told the manly version.

  3. Bo on April 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Holy cow – now that is a story! Good thing you were only doing Number 1. 😉

  4. Cory on April 15, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Didn’t that happen to Mark Twain?

  5. Barb Sanford on April 15, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I *think* that’s a black rat snake.


    If so, it’s not venomous, but I still wouldn’t want it in my house, especially if I had pets. Rat snakes are constrictors, so your cats are wise to steer clear of them.

    We once found two large garter snakes in the house. My husband got up on a Sunday morning and saw movement on the sill of the window above the kitchen sink. The snake slithered across the counters and onto the floor. Howard grabbed a snow shovel (we’d left them on the back porch over the winter so they’d be handy when the snow fell; who knew we’d need them for snake eviction?) and hefted it out of the house.

    Later that day, my daughter found another one near the back door. She stepped on it barefoot. She let out the loudest scream I have ever heard from her (she is normally quiet and mild-mannered). Howard shoveled that snake out the back door, too.

    We found the hole in the foundation where we think they came in and patched it. We haven’t had a snake in the house since then, and I hope we never do again. That’s more excitement than I need in a Sunday morning. EVER. I hope your late-night visitor never returns.

  6. Shelley on April 15, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Holy crappin’ heck! Yikes!
    I’m not afraid of snakes. Outside. Where they belong. Haha

  7. Jason J on April 15, 2017 at 10:58 am

    I don’t even pay them any attention anymore lol We have had so so so so many around here and our kitty has brought us in five this year! I am more afraid of the spiders because…the place was infested with brown recluse spiders! We are slowly thinning them out though and this year I haven’t seen as many…

  8. Pamela on April 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

    YIKES!! How you had the presence of mind to take a picture I just can’t figure out. It’s in focus too. You are a manly hero, Ross. But then…we all knew that.

    My brother’s pet boa constrictor was once lost for 6 months in his bed springs. They don’t eat very often.

    • Ross on April 15, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Golly! Poor boa!

  9. pk on April 15, 2017 at 11:43 am

    How horrifying! I would have run right through the wall to get away!

    It may have come up through the toilet. This once happened to me as a child. We lived in a big old farm house. I was about to use the toilet and I looked down and saw a snake
    swimming around in the toilet bowl. I let out a scream, immediately shut the lid and ran the heck out as fast as I could!

    Oddly, I called my friend in town to tell her of my terrifying event and she was breathless as she literally had just had the very same experience in her house!

  10. Carla Windsor Brown on April 15, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Oh. No. Huh-uh. And I’m glad you were a guy, because us ladies would’ve been reaching for that t.p.!!!!! Along with others, I am totally impressed with your calm reaction!!!

  11. Miss Kitty on April 15, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    O.M.G. I can’t even handle the picture of it! If I ever found that in my bathroom I would close the door and never venture near it again! Thankfully, we don’t have snakes in NZ 🙂

  12. Mary Garner-Mitchell on April 15, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    I guessed what it might be before I scrolled down but still let out an OH MY GAWD!! when I saw the photo and I’m fairly cool about most snakes. Still there is this “human” fight or flight reaction each time I see a one. I’ve pitched a couple of black, rat and/or corn snakes out of the house and garden with my hands once I’m over the initial shock. But I’ve also come close — twice — as in grazing them with my gloved hand — whilst weeding flower beds — with a big ass copperhead. They are killers and we have far too many around here. But I welcome the black snakes now that our two kitties are no longer around to patrol the house because they keep mice and copperheadsaway. Our cats would act so weird whenever there was a snake in the house as a sort of warning for us silly humans!

  13. Brandy on April 15, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I think he just wants to shred the toilet paper too!

    • Ross on April 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      ???? ???? ????

  14. Melody on April 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    That adorable little reptile escaped the kitties claws by hiding up high where it’s safe. 🙂

  15. Sandra Lee on April 15, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    How scary! Even though a relatively harmless snake it does cause a fright–or fight/flight reaction.
    Ross admitting the manly version made me laugh out loud!

    • Ross on April 15, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      I made up the “admit” part.

      The snake did not scare me. But I was highly startled!

      I like snakes. And spiders.

      People, on occasion, do terrify me though.

  16. Ally on April 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Perhaps it came up through the toilet? We’ve had a few toilet frogs. (florida)

  17. Vicki F on April 17, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I really, really wish I’d never read this for now I walk through my house looking for slinky black things or a strange slithering across the floor. Thanks Ross!

  18. aLynne on May 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    We grew up in the country. and whenever my mother would see or hear a mouse in the house, she would pay my brothers $5 to catch a black snake and let it loose in the basement. The snake would stay as long as there was a food supply, and then make its’ way out again. And when my mother saw another mouse, out would come the pocketbook. (this was not a sexist thing, I just could never find a black snake before my brothers could)

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