Paul had mentioned to Van that there were birds out in the back yard eating her grasshoppers. We used this as an opportunity to explain to Van the circle of life. She spent several minutes yelling at the birds "those are my kids!" and "oh, don't eat Alex!" Even though they were taking her grasshoppers...she was extremely entertained. I let her be, and decided to get ready for the day.
*update* Paul comes to pick me up...he assures me that he saw it dead in the gutter. He takes me back to the "site" and miraculously it is gone. Hmmm, does that mean that we have a gross snake still slithering around the neighborhood? Why yes it does ladies and gentlemen!