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Garter snake

I shifted a plastic tarp on our basement floor to discover a coiled snake snoozing beneath. The reptile was probably cold, looking for a little warmth from its improvised shelter.

It would be happier outdoors, I figured. I fished a cardboard Scottish shortbread box from a trash container and tore off the ends. 

I suspected I would have to be fast to coax the snake into the box.

I should mention, this snake was about the girth and length of a pencil.

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