Okay.....so there we were..shocked, scared, helpless, and creeped out! Somehow during all of the madness, the snake gets away! I KNOW! But..it's not as bad as you think! Since I have a fireplace screen, we knew it did not escape into the house. We knew it had to have went back the way it came. Now....we just had to find it!
Long story short...we never found our "friend." Our neighbors, David and Lisa, came over and David helped Josh take apart our fireplace (we have an electric fireplace). Lisa and I supervised! The boys discovered that we have four holes, one in each corner, of our fireplace. We "think" the snake came through one of the mysterious holes from outside.
Our solution?......We filled each hole with that sprayable expanding foam stuff. I'm not sure the name of it (can't you tell?). We also put out plenty of mothballs around our back patio. Josh has reassured me that our problem is solved and I am hopeful! We are left wondering why these things always happen to us. We decided to think of it as the Lord giving us plenty of stories to tell our children one day!
We were also not able to properly identify the type of snake but.....Josh says he thinks it was a BLACK RACER! OMG!