The joys of homeschooling.
It is merely a garter snake. One of these....
|"Is it a rattle snake?! Is it movaaahhhhAAAAhhhh!"|
In sympathy, four out of five Martin children dashed for the paper and crayons to draw the little demon snake and spend the next 20 minutes hissing at me from behind their papers.
"Look, mom! A snake! Scream AGAIN!"
Although the above article swears that they can be kept as pets, I proposed that we kill it. As a compromise it was released back into the wild. Two children and a cat all the way to the fence line.