Living where I do, it isn't unusual to find wildlife near the house. Sometimes it's in the house. The other night, I was getting ready to turn out the lights when I spotted Scipio the cat playing with something that looked like a long lizard tail, or a really big worm. A closer peek, before Scipio ran off with his prey, revealed a very small snake, a type that didn't look familiar.
I managed to scoop up Scipio and lock him in the bedroom before the snake was damaged. Even harder was capturing the snake without hurting it. It was little, and hey, I'm not afraid of snakes but I am skittish about picking them up. I only squeaked once or twice, and the snake was caught. I was feeling pretty brave after this.
We agreed that this snake is a Western Black Headed Snake, Tantilla planiceps. At first we thought it was a ring neck snake. It turned out to be a very nice to handle little snake, and very pretty in the morning light. After I took the pictures I set the little snake loose outside. Somewhere I hope the cat won't find him.