We were awaken at 3am by sounds of stuff falling on our saloon
sole. Michele got up to investigate and as she was walking up the steps from the hull
into the saloon
, a snake was hanging down in front of her face.
I was awaken by screams from Hades and the sound of Michele locking herself in the head
. The only word I could get out of her was "snake"!
Well, upon investigating, there actually was a 6' black kingsnake (milksnake) in our galley
. Turns out they live in the 7,000' cloud forests of Panama
. It was on our boat because the recent torrential floods must have swept it down to the coast, where it swam out to our boat.
I didn't know what type of snake it was at 3am after a rum
squall the night before, so it was treated as a break-in and didn't get a warm reception
. I won't go into details, but do NOT comment on this if you are one of the ones here who talks about how they would treat a human invader...
Here is the pic - the head is underneath the tail. The remaining 5' of the snake was coiled out of the picture.
Turns out these are difficult to capture and collectors pay $1,000 for specimens.