Whoops. Not alive. Dead.
As some of you may know, there was a python hunt in the Everglades a week or so ago. Pythons have become an invasive species in southern Florida, having escaped from parks and zoos over the years. So of course when I saw this tail sticking out from under the lanai screening, I
He tugged on it with a pair of tongs.
And tugged some more. It was quite stuck and already dead.
It must have been trying to follow one of the lizards that can squeeze through those little drain holes with no problem at all.
We looked in our Audubon book and identified it as a red (scarlet?) snake—harmless. Unless you are a lizard, but the lizard won this time.