I then went up on my front deck to keep an eye on where it slid under, but in the process spied another much larger snake working it's way along the side of the house. It was black with blue green spots and a bright green underbelly, it was about a metre and half long. It saw me watching it and froze, then titled it's head upwards to look at me eye to eye. It then slid into my garage through the same door way. I assume they are both living under my house.
The week before, I was in my studio and I heard a bird racket outside. I went out to check and discovered twenty or so birds in the trees and on my clothesline. Also, I discovered a large carpet snake about as thick as my upper arm moving through the grass - it was about 2 metres long. When it saw me it started to climb the closest tree, so I ran inside to grab my camera.
Here's a few photos....
Magpie looking for the snake in the tree - there were a whole row of magpies until I disturbed them.
Another paranoid magpie - there must have been about four or five different types of bird squawking and working together as a neighbour hood watch alarm system.
Magpie on clothesline - at one stage there were half a dozen or so on the clothesline all looking in one direction: intently and making a racket.
I have since had a snake bad dream - I am not a snake handler and have had a few snakey experiences over the years - so I am a bit wary of snakes. Above is a portion of a recent drawing, illustrating my fear of snakes - Imogen is much braver than me.