For the past week (or two) there have been numerous sightings of a large snake near the corner of Wayne and Farwell. I have been looking for it ever since i first heard about it last weekend, but unfortunately, never caught a glimpse of it (and thus am posting a picture taken by a friend). It was a California king snake (a non-venomous species), and was a pretty big guy, about four or five feet long.
I've been worrying about it, since the nights have been unusually cool, and since apparently it had slithered its way across the street a few times. Since it lives on a diet of rodents, however, i had no concerns about it going hungry (blechhh!). I'd even decided that if i found it i would adopt it, at least while i tried to find its owner. But, alas, it was not to be. Early this evening the animal control van showed up after they were called by a resident of the east side of Wayne Ave. who had found it in a hole in her backyard. I hung around for about a half hour, but the animal control guy said it was still hiding in its hole and he hadn't yet succeeded in getting it out. He assured me that the snake would be turned over to the Chicago Herpetological Society, so it sounds like the story has a happy ending.