As I have mentioned before, I make house calls in order to help people solve... serpent problems. Today I got my first request of the year to remove a snake, so off I went. It was a black racer curled up in an outside storage box.
I was a little concerned about catching this one. You will notice its eyes are cloudy. Snakes actually have a scale over their eyes, and before they shed their skin that scale turns takes on a bluish appearance. When this happens the snake can't see well. Understandably, it generally puts them in a defensive mood, striking at pretty much anything that moves.
Fortunately, this guy was still too cold to be very active. He let me pick him up without a struggle. He's now in an empty garbage can in the garage, where I'll keep him until he sheds and can see well again. I figure that should increase his chances of survival when he's released into the woods.