Rescued from our pool filter basket, where he was making a mighty attempt to swim out.
Word on the street is that he is a San Bernadino ring-necked snake.
There’s not much a 6 inch non venomous snake can do to look menacing, but he stuck his tongue out and tried. Finding ourselves properly chastened, he was returned to the terra firma in the backyard. We sure do have a lot of critters around here. Yesterday we saw an orb spider the size of a golfball (and I’m only very slightly exaggerating.)