We noticed a rat snake in the flower bed a couple of days ago. Now we are rather having fun seeing what he is up to (except for the raid on the swallow nest). We weren't sure what kind of snake he was at first. Their colorings can be quite different, so books or internet photos aren't always a good guide. We heard the swallows scolding but when we went to check, it was too late. How he got to the top of the porch and managed to hang there is amazing. Then last night he was layered in the kitchen window, watching us through the glass. This morning, he was checking out the porch vignette, then slithered into the rug on the bench. Probably he will cozy up there for the day.