I wasn’t quite conscious as i left my bed in an early morning in order to grab my towel from the washing line outside. 15-30 seconds later, Vee (the dog), was growling viciously and loudly outside my front door. I ignored but, with half a minute persistence on her part, i went to investigate. She shut up just before i opened the door. On the doorstep was evidence for what had caused her tirade. Sometime in the past minute, a snake had left its skin behind. I was left wondering if i’d stepped over it in my tired state.