On Tuesday Randy found an Eastern Kingsnake attempting to come in our front door. Jack the cat, who was inside, was very interested. Randy caught it and put it in an empty old aquarium until he identified it and I got some photos of it. When the former feral cat Shadow saw it, she attacked it, attempting to kill it. She evidently had a run in with a snake when she was wild and knew not to play with snakes, but to take them seriously.
The snake was nasty. It rattled it's tail when we came near, it attempted to viciously attack and bite us, and it stunk to high heaven. I'm sure it was scared to death when Randy caught it.
Kingsnakes are not venomous, they produce a very foul smelling musk when scared, and they eat other snakes. They are immune to the venom of other local snakes. Really they are a good snake, as good as snakes can be. Here's the Wiki page on Kingsnakes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kingsnake. Our chickens and their eggs are well protected, but the guineas lay eggs in the woods that can attract snakes and other animals. This snake didn't appear to have any eggs in it's belly. Randy let it loose a distance from our house by the wood splitting area. Please don't come back, nasty, smelly snake. I don't hate snakes, and certainly don't think people should kill them for no reason, but I don't invite them into my front door, either!